The enforcement Unit of the Nigerian Communications Commission embarked on enforcement exercise that ended in sealing of the Nokia Office located at CBC tower, Lekki, Lagos and forcing Innjoo, Chinese mobile phone maker to pay a fine N4 million for selling non type approved handsets in the Nigerian market.
This development according industry watchers, will serve as deterrent to others who have seen the Nigerian market as a place where anything goes.
The Head, enforcement unit of the telecom regulatory authority, Salisu Abdul said the mobile equipment manufacturer has been operating in Nigeria without the license for many years.
The license, he informed gives the equipment vendor the power to operate wireless transmission equipment and sales of manufacturing of equipment among others.
He said that Nokia had applied for the license about three months ago but did not complete the process.
“It is criminal for any service provider to operate in the country without license. We have sealed the office until they comply. We have to charge them based on the number of years they have operated without license. We will use our discretion to charge them.”
“Equipment vendors,OEMs must comply with local regulations . The NCC is the sole regulator of the telecom sector in Nigeria and one of our functions is the issuance of telecom licenses. In one of our monitoring activities, we discovered that Nokia-Alcatel has not obtained the required authorization to operate their services in this country.”
“As a matter of fairness and transparency, we decided to pay them a visit. We however discovered that they only applied for license about three months back and are yet to complete the process for the license.”
“ Basically, we have decided to seal off the premises of Nokia until they obtain the requisite authorization.”
“The license is barely two million naira to obtain. We have sealed off the premises and we will not open it till they comply.”
“As a result of the enforcement action, a fine of N4 million was imposed on them and their office was sealed. We are in Innjo office today for enforcement action. We have been engaging with them. They have decided not to pay the fine. We have decided to come today for enforcement action.”