NCC Approves 1,492 Phone Brands for Use in Nigeria
In a bid to control the influx of substandard and fake mobile phone products into the Nigeria market, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has listed the names of approved mobile phone brands accepted for use in the country.
It is worthy of note that the Nigeria phone market is flooded with various brands, some that didn’t the approval of the necessary quarters and others below standard usage. In a recent report, the NCC said over 2 million fake phones are being sold in the country on yearly basis.
The NCC, in its bid to ensure that mobile phones on sale in Nigeria are of adequate quality and standard to be sold to consumers, has approved about 1,492 different brands and models for use in the country.
According to the NCC’s list, Chinese phone brands like Tecno, Infinix, itel, Huawei, ZTE, Oppo, Xiaomi and Vivo are dominating Nigeria’s growing mobile phone market. Also in the list are brands such as Samsung, Apple , Nokia, Blackberry, Alcatel and Wiko as Partner mobile, a Nigerian phone product also made the list.
Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta in a report, urged customers to desist from purchasing phones that are not among those tested and found to meet the required standard for operation in the Nigerian market.
He also enjoins mobile phone users to refer to the commission’s website and double-check the list of approved phones from which they can make a more informed choice of the mobile phone to purchase.
When verifying any product on the NCC’s page, users should endeavour to type in both the brand name and model number (e.g Samsung Galaxy S8) in the search bar, in order to confirm that their product is approved by the commission.