NCC Threat­ens Il­le­gal Users of GSM Boost­ers with Ar­rest, Pros­e­cu­tion

Nigeria Communications Week - - Front Page - Ken Nwogbo

NIGE­RIAN Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Com­mis­sion (NCC) has warned tele­com con­sumers to de­sist from us­ing il­le­gal GSM boost­ers.

The com­mis­sion also said that any­one caught us­ing a GSM booster with­out ob­tain­ing ap­proval of a duly li­censed net­work op­er­a­tor will face ar­rest and pros­e­cu­tion.

GSM boost­ers are de­vices that trans­mit and re­ceive telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions sig­nals and can there­fore in­ter­fere with other ra­dio fre­quency equip­ment.

Ikechukwu Adinde, di­rec­tor, pub­lic af­fairs, NCC, said in a no­tice pub­lished on NCC web­site, added that only li­censed net­work op­er­a­tors are al­lowed to use GSM boost­ers.

The booster, also known as am­pli­fier or re­peater is made up of three main el­e­ments - ex­te­rior an­tenna, am­pli­fier, and in­te­rior an­tenna.

They form a wire­less sys­tem to boost cel­lu­lar re­cep­tion

"Mem­bers of the pub­lic should note that, will­ful in­ter­fer­ence with any wire­less teleg­ra­phy is an of­fence un­der Sec­tion 16 of the Teleg­ra­phy Act, 2004,"it said

The agency said it will not con

done any fla­grant breach of this law.

It has also en­forced mea­sures to pros­e­cute of­fend­ers.

Ac­cord­ingly, mon­i­tor­ing mech­a­nisms have been put in place and any­one caught us­ing a GSM booster with­out ob­tain­ing ap­proval of a duly li­censed net­work op­er­a­tor will face ar­rest and pros­e­cu­tion.

"Any mem­ber of the pub­lic with use­ful in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the il­le­gal use of GSM Boost­ers should con­tact the Com­mis­sion on 094617000/7351 or send an email to cme@ncc.gov.ng," the no­tice said.

"In­di­vid­u­als de­sirous of us­ing GSM Boost­ers should note that they can only do so in con­junc­tion with li­censed net­work op­er­a­tors," it added.

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