The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has warned Nigerians that using sub-standard telecom devices could adversely affect their health.
NCC’s Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Danbatta said at a sensitization workshop for stakeholders that using sub-standard and counterfeit telecom devices was dangerous to human health and safety.
The workshop had as theme: “Hazardous Effect of Non Type Approved Handsets and E-Waste: Impact on Quality of Service and E-Waste.”
Represented by NCC’s Assistant Director, Zonal Operation, Mr Clem Omife, Danbattta said that sub-standard devices also increase cybersecurity-related threats such as Zero-Day attack.
According to Prof Umar Danbatta, the NCC is collaborating with other stakeholders in the industry to evolve ways of curbing the menace of sub-standard and counterfeit devices.
He said the commission found it necessary to educate the general public on the effect of using non-type approved devices in the country through the sensitisation workshop.
Danbattta added that using fake devices has a wide range of negative impacts on the quality of services given to telecom service consumers.