The number of phones approved for sale in Nigeria by the country’s telecommunications regulator rose to 1,891.
The devices, of different brands and models, were tested in Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and certified as meeting the appropriate type approval standards required to allow them to be sold to consumers in Nigeria.
More phones for Nigerians: As of April this year, the number of NCC approved phones reached 1,843. It shows that mobile phone manufacturers got approval for 48 new models of phones in the last six months.
The latest data on type-approved phones seen by Nairametrics shows that Chinese mobile manufacturers still dominate the country’s mobile market in terms of approved devices. Tecno leads the pack with over 300 models of phones approved.
Why approval is required: Speaking on moves to ensure that all phones in the country are type approved, the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta, recently warned Nigerians not to buy any phone that has not been certified in the regulator’s market.
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Danbatta, who is angry at the proliferation of fake handsets in the country, said:
- “The menace of fake and substandard handsets has assumed a global dimension and requires a lot of education on the part of consumers and collaboration with other government agencies to address it.
- “Cases of proliferation and patronage of fake handsets are more prevalent in developing countries, such as Nigeria, where importers bring in substandard phones without going through the approval process. of the type of regulation aimed at certifying devices as suitable for the market.”
The Nigerian phone market: With over 200 million active mobile subscriptions as of September 2022, the country remains a real market for mobile manufacturers worldwide.
- Fake or substandard phones can affect the quality of service that users get and therefore pose a health risk to users.
- The regulatory approval for phones is to ensure that the phones and devices used in the country have a quality standard.
- Despite regulatory efforts, thousands of unapproved phone brands are still being sold across the country.
- While unapproved phones are in most cases sub-standard or fake, they sell faster than the approved ones because they are sold at a cheaper price.