As part of the Nigerian Communications Commission’s (NCC’s) mandate provided for by the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 (NCA 2003) to ensure type approval of telecoms equipment, safety of users and acceptable Quality of Service, the NCC held its 2nd Type Approval Industry Working Group Meeting on November 15th, 2018 in Lagos.
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 equipments and how it impacts Quality of Service and health of users.
Engineer Bako Wakil, NCC’s Head of Technical Standards and Network Integrity delivered a presentation on “Implementing Voice over LTE Complaint Devices in Nigeria Telecommunications Ecosystem”. He stated that the Nigerian Communications Commission is usually silent on types of technologies that Licensees deploy to provide their services to consumers once there are no negative socio-economic impacts, and call on them to regularize their services.
He noted that Long Time Evolution (LTE), is a Technology just like other technologies and there are challenges in LTE device market such as-
– Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Repair centres and clear warranty agreements.
– Assessment of Mobile Device impact on QoS and QoE
– Multiband LTE devices are usually more expensive.
– 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.