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NCC mulls Mobile Device Management System to combat fake ICT devices

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says it is proposing the development of a  Mobile Device Management System (MDMS) to combat  the influx of fake Information and Communication Technology (ICT) devices in the country.

The Executive Vice Chairmanof  NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, said  this  on Thursday in Lagos during the ‘Telecom Executives and Regulators Forum (TERF) 2019’.

TERF was organised by the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON).

Danbatta , represented by Mr Mohammed Babajika, the Director, Policy Competition & Economic Analysis of  NCC,  said that the proposed MDMS would have the capacity to facilitate the mandatory registration of all SIM-based devices in the country.

He also said that the system would block all stolen, counterfeit, illegal or otherwise substandard SIM-based devices from the operators’ networks.

According to him, MDMS will interface with the  Nigeria Customs Service, tax authorities, the Standards Organisations  of Nigeria ( SON) and other relevant agencies to ensure the full registration, payment of duties and taxes due on those devices.

”It will interface with security agencies to ensure the protection of security and privacy of ICT device users in Nigeria.

”NCC and other relevant government agencies in Nigeria are going tough on fake devices.

”Counterfeiting is a global challenge that has elicited a common disquiet among stakeholders worldwide, especially,  in respect to the continued influx of counterfeit and illegal ICT devices into  both developed and developing countries.

”Nigeria is not in any way immune to this problem.

”The challenges posed by this menace are quite devastating, hindering the progress made so far in ICT usage and processes in terms of its economic, social, environmental and security impacts on the country,” he said.

Danbatta said that the unchecked import and use of unregistered, cloned, substandard, counterfeit, stolen and or non-compliant devices posed a considerable threat to Quality of Service (QoS) and Quality of Experience (QoE),  and security  in the country.

He said that after due consideration of inputs from stakeholders, the resolution reached was to deploy an end-to-end technology based solution in combating the influx of cloned and fake ICT devices into the country.

Also, ATCON’s President, Olusola Teniola said that the forum, which was the fifth edition, was designed for the purpose of creating a veritable opportunity for key industry players to interact with the industry regulators.

Teniola said that it was aimed at building a continuous  good working relationship between industry players and the regulators.

He said that it also aimed at creating a platform for the regulators to update the industry on the regulatory direction and plans for the industry in the coming years.

According to him, it will enable stakeholders to understand how best to cooperate with the regulatory agency in ensuring the effectiveness and success of policies and regulations in the industry.

”To a large extent, the forum is on measures that will fast-track the rapid expansion of telecommunications services across the federation in the years ahead.

”The association is of the opinion that today’s telecom and ICT sector in Nigeria is built on continuous strategic engagements amongst all players in the sector and the projected growth can only be attained if these engagements continue.

”ATCON is providing this platform for the purpose of accelerating and harnessing the changes that are taking place in the industry

” It is  to grow the industry for all its teeming members who have made huge investments in the Nigerian telecom and ICT sector.

”There is a popular saying that ‘change is inevitable’,  the truth is that our industry is changing on daily basis or we can say that the industry is being disrupted by new technological innovations.

”For our members to stay afloat and remain players in the industry, new business models must be evolved by our members,” he said.

Teniola, however, said that regulation and policies also needed to be reviewed, fine-tuned and strengthened, so that all and sundry could remain in business.

He said that new capacities must be developed to match the new opportunities that the new ecosystem was presenting.

Teniola said that ATCON strongly believed in knowledge sharing that would further stimulate the accelerated development of the industry.

”We need to succeed in further winning the confidence of the international community to see Nigeria as a preferred investment destination in Africa.

”This is why we consider it a worthwhile venture to continually engage ourselves in programmes that will enable us to advance the frontiers of telecommunications/ICT in Nigeria,” he said.

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