Friday, November 16, 2018

Type approved equipment for consumer safety says NCC - ITREALMS

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has stressed the importance of type approved telecoms equipment, saying is for the safety of users and acceptable quality of service, reports ITREALMS.

Speaking at the second meeting of Type Approval Industry Working Group (TAIWG) in Lagos, Thursday, NCC through the Head of Technical Standards and Network Integrity, Engineer Bako Wakil, assured stakeholders of their safety as far as the working group and the Commission are concerned.

Wakil who made a presentation on “Implementing Voice over LTE Complaint Devices in Nigeria Telecommunications Ecosystem" said the meeting was part of the mandate provided for by the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 (NCA 2003) to ensure type approval of telecoms equipment.

“The Type Approval Working Group meeting was setup in September 2018 to educate and deliberate with relevant stakeholders in the industry on the importance of Type Approval on all Telecom equipment and how it impacts Quality of Service and health of users,” he said.

He also stated that NCC usually silent on types of technologies that licensees deploy to provide their services to consumers once there are no negative socio-economic impacts, and called on them to regularize their services.

Pointing out that Long Time Evolution (LTE) for instance, is a technology just like other technologies and there are challenges in LTE device market.

Some of these, he listed to include “Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Repair centres and clear warranty agreements; Assessment of Mobile Device impact on IoS and WoE; Multiband LTE devices are usually more expensive; and there are many multi frequency bands for LTE Devices in the world when compared to 2G and 3G devices.”

The Working Group Meeting was well attended by representatives of Equipment Manufacturers, Vendors, Network Operators and Type Approval Consultants.

Chuks Egbune/GEE

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Pix: From left Engr. Edoyemi Ogah, Head, Quality of Service; Engr. Chukwuma Nwaiwu, Head, Wireless Networks; Engr. Bako Wakil, Head, Technical Standards and Network Integrity; Engr. S. Jumbo, Deputy Director, Spectrum Administration and Engr. Anthony Ikemefuna, Head, Fixed Networks and Converged Services.

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