The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has greenlit the sale of 2,155 phone models in the country as of July 2023. These diverse devices, from various brands and models, have met the rigorous type approval standards set by the regulator. Over the past three months, 43 new phone models gained NCC approval, taking the count from 2,112 to 2,155 since April.
Chinese mobile manufacturers, particularly Transsion Group’s brands Tecno, Infinix, and iTel, dominate the market. Together, they secured approval for 545 phone models, accounting for a substantial 25% of NCC-approved phones.
To counter unauthorized phones flooding the market, NCC’s Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Danbatta, strongly warned against purchasing uncertified devices. Collaborating with government agencies and consumer education is key to tackling counterfeit handsets.
Nigeria’s mobile market boasts over 219 million active subscriptions, attracting global mobile manufacturers. Amid this growth, ensuring approved devices enter the market remains vital for safeguarding consumers and maintaining quality standards.