NCC bans sale and installation of mobile phone boosters


The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has warned the general public, particularly banks and other financial institutions, government agencies, telecommunications service providers, private/public companies, and owners/occupiers of residential premises, that the sale, installation and usage of GSM boosters is illegal.

The agency made this known through a press statement release by the Technical Assistant (Information Technology) to the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Femi Adeluyi.

According to Adeluyi, the agency will continue to ensure the protection of consumers, ensuring good quality of service and maintenance of technical standards of maintenance equipment, and in accordance with the provisions of section 131 (1) of the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003, the Commission hereby warns the general public that it is a criminal offence to sell, install or use any equipment which may hinder network operations, or which has not been type-approved by the Commission. Such acts may lead to monetary sanction and/or imprisonment, or both (fine and imprisonment) as well as the confiscation of any equipment used in the illegal enhancement of network coverage.

The Commission on its part will continue to deepen its collaborative efforts with telecoms service providers to facilitate the provision of ubiquitous telecoms infrastructure necessary to guarantee good quality of service across the nation.

The Agency also issued out a 14-day PRE-ENFORCEMENT NOTICE from today 21th May 2021, to any person involved in the sale, installation and use of the device, to forthwith desist from such act.

The Commission shall without further recourse and upon expiration of the deadline, commence appropriate enforcement action including, but not limited to prosecution, fine and consfiscation of equipment used.

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