The Enforcement Unit of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday raided some companies in the Ikoyi area of Lagos, whose installations were allegedly causing service disruption on 9mobile network.
The companies are Page Microfinance Bank, GMT Energy Resources, Club 57 and a property on No 61, Ademola Street, Ikoyi.
Speaking to Journalists, Head of Enforcement Unit at NCC, Mr. Salisu Abdu, said the raid was as a result of complaints received from 9mobile in respect of frequency interference it was having in its network, which has subjected a number of corporate and individual customers to interrupted service delivery.
“We are in Lagos today in respect of a complaint we received from 9mobile in respect of a frequency interference they are having in their network. We have investigated the complaints and found that the interference signal was localised at four locations here in Lagos, particularly in Ikoyi axis.
He said after a thorough search, the team was able to localise the culprits causing the network interference to the four locations.
Abdu explained that the action conformed with the Nigerian Communication Act, 2003, which stated that it is illegal for any person or organisation to install any communications equipment capable of causing threats to service interoperability because such a practice degrades the quality of service.
“This equipment called GSM boosters were installed and were being used illegally. What they actually do with GSM Booster is to improve the quality of service in their own premises at the detriments of neighbouring residents.