The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has warned that it is a criminal offence to sell, install or use any equipment that hinder network operations or which has not been type-approved by it.
NCC gave the warning in a Public Notice signed by its Director, Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde.
“ The Nigerian Communications Commission informs 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.
“In exercise of its mandate of ensuring the protection of consumers, ensuring good quality service and maintenance of technical standards of communication equipment, and in accordance with the provisions of Section 131 (1) of the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003, the Commission herby warns the general public that it is a criminal offence to sell, install or use any equipment that 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 &imprisonment ) as well as the confiscation of any equipment used in the illegal enhancement of network coverage,” the public notice read in part.