Leading mobile phone handset company Tecno Telecoms has said that a lack of regulation in Nigeria has led to the rise in counterfeit phones in the country’s market. They blamed the government’s poor ICT regulation, calling it “weak.”
Deputy General Manager of Tecno Telecoms Chidi Okonkwo told local media that in Lagos that the “nation’s markets are filled with counterfeits.”
He said the “sad situation will remain if the government fails to strengthen its regulatory policies.”
Okonkwo said “stricter regulations would deter counterfeiters.”
West African Sales Manager for the ITEL brand of phones Shyamol Saho, also agreed that counterfeit mobile phones are finding their way onto the Nigerian market.
He said his company has “suffered from the effects of counterfeit products in 2012, when two of its products were faked and sold in the Nigerian market.”
Okonkwo said phone dealers “are to blame and described the effects on phone manufacturers.”
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said it is working towards removing counterfeit devices in the country and called on telecom firms to uphold standards by ending the use of these phones on their networks.