The NCA (National Communications Authority) is now going to check and ban fake phones as they enter the country. Before the mobile phones are released onto the market, they are going to be tested by the NCA for their genuineness.
The NCA said it is going to do this following the completion of its new lab to test mobile phones. Together with other stakeholders in the telecommunication industry, the NCA has complained of the use and effects of such mobile devices on service delivery in the country.
The Deputy Minister of Communications, George Andah, touched on the issue at the World Telecoms Day in Accra. The celebration was under the theme “Bridging the standardization gap”.
The 2019 World Telecommunications and Information Society Day marked the 50th anniversary of the celebration since its inception in 1969.
The Deputy Minister promised that his Ministry and the NCA are going to try their best to check and ban fake phones from the system, thus, maintaining high standards within the country’s telecommunication industry.
“The NCA has acquired the state of the art type approval laboratory capable of testing all electronic communication devices to ensure that they are up to standard”
“To the NCA, I request that you kindly liaise with mobile network operators to determine the level of potential risk with regards to the prevalent substandard mobile devices on the market”.
The 2019 World Telecommunications and Information Society Day was observed to promote awareness on the importance of “Bridging the Standardization Gap”. It also aimed at pushing the implementation of international standards in the Ghanaian communications sector.
This is believed to help bridge the digital divide separating Africa from the rest of the world with respect to communications technology.