The use and sale of counterfeit and substandard mobile phones in the country telecommunications space have been increasing to the extent that it has become a menace.
Consumers are constrained by ignorance and sometimes; inability to detect counterfeit products; and poverty.
The interesting thing about the trade in counterfeit devices is that it is a buyer’s market. This means that it is the demand for the devices that encourages the supply.
Disturbed by the situation, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), said that that sellers of unapproved Information and Communication Technology products were flouting the commission’s Act.
The commission warned that the sellers could face prosecution or seizure of their market items if they did not desist from selling such forthwith.
Mr. Adebayo Shittu, former minister of Communication, wax worriedly recently at the situation and concluded that it was high time Nigeria considers structuring her own mobile phones and gadget regulation industry.
That will restore normalcy and sanity to the market, ensuring that the country does not become a dumping ground for poor brands.
Basil Okeke, a telecom technician said that the preponderance of substandard phones was causing colossal damage to network services and health of users.
He advised phone sellers across the country to ensure the phones they buy from manufacturers and dealers were approved by the NCC.
! Ken Nwogbo