By Oluwatobi Opusunju
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has warned the public to desist from illegal use of GSM boosters or risk facing the wrath of the law. The NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, Mr. Tony Ojobo made this known in a statement published on the commission’s website.
GSM boosters are devices that transmit and receive telecommunications signals and can therefore interfere with other radio frequency equipment.
“The attention of NCC has been drawn to the fact that GSM boosters are illegally used by individuals in the country. Individuals desirous of using the GSM boosters should note that they can only do that in conjunction with licensed network operators.
“For the avoidance of doubt, willful interference with any wireless telegraphy is an offence under Section 16 of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2004.The commission will not condone any flagrant beach of the law,’’ says the statement by Ojobo.
The statement says monitoring mechanisms have been put in place and anyone caught using the GSM booster without obtaining approval of a duly signed licensed network operator will face arrest and prosecution.