By Adedapo Adesanya
Nigerians have been cautioned by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) against the use of illegal GSM boosters.
According to the telecommunications industry regulator, the use of GSM boosters can only be used when they are done through a licensed network operator.
GSM boosters are radio devices with the capability of receiving and transmitting telecommunication signals. These devices, the NCC says, have the capability of interfering with other radio frequency equipment.
“The attention of the Nigerian Communications Commission has been drawn to the fact that GSM Boosters are being illegally used by individuals in Nigeria. Individuals desirous of using GSM Boosters should note that they can only do so in conjunction with licensed network operators,” a statement signed by NCC’s director of public affairs, Mr Ikechukwu Adinde, said.
The commission warned that interference with telecommunication signals is a punishable offence in Nigeria and should be taken seriously.
“Members of the public should note that wilful interference with any wireless telegraphy is an offence under Section 16 of the Telegraphy Act, 2004. The commission will not condone any flagrant breach on this law.
“Accordingly, monitoring mechanisms have been put in place and anyone caught using GSM Booster without obtaining approval of a duly licensed network operator will face arrest and prosecution,” the commission warned.
The commission called on patriotic Nigerians with useful information regarding the illegal use of GSM Boosters should contact the agency on 09-4617000/7351 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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