IT is a challenging task controlling the importation of telecommunication devices that do not meet technical standards and compliance in the country, an executive says.
National Information and Communications and Technology Authority (Nicta) chief executive officer Kila Gulo-Vui said this at the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the PNG Customs Services in Port Moresby yesterday.
“It is a challenge for us the telecommunications regulator to cover all the entry points of imports into the country, Nicta is responsible by law to permit and licence the types of telecommunications devices used in PNG,” he said.
“That is why we are signing this MoU with Customs so they can assist us with monitoring the importation of telecommunication devices that are accepted in the country and the devices that are prohibited.”
The partnership is expected to see telecommunications regulator Nicta provide Customs with list of approved telecommunication devices allowed for commercial markets in the country.
Customs chief commissioner David Towe his agency had an import and export regulations list that prohibited products that were illegal “but also issue permits and licences for products imported into the country.
Towe said Customs would contribute toward creating a vibrant telecommunications industry that was built on reliable genuine telecommunications technology.
Gulo-Vui told The National that there was a wide range of telecommunications devices in PNG.
He said Nicta did not regulate the market to identify fake or genuine products nor did Customs, stating that was an importers’ privacy right.
He added that the authority did have its officers visit retailers and dealers of telecommunications devices to evaluate products to determine if they were genuine or fake.
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