The Federal Government is set to crack down on illegal use of frequency across the country. Minister of Communications, Mr Adebayo Shittu, announced the preparedness of the government at the inauguration of Mobile Radio Frequency Monitoring Equipment in Abuja on Friday.
At the event, Shittu warned all users of frequencies including Ministries, Departments, Agencies, private sector companies, and Non-Governmental Organisations that use spectrum to regularise the use with the National Frequency Management Council or face the consequences.
The equipment inaugurated included five state-of-the-art mobile radio monitoring equipment, a National Space Management System, two Denial of Service equipment and a National Control Centre. Shittu said that the project handled by TCI International Incorporated was approved by the Federal Executive Council in March 2017 at a cost of $9.09m.
He said, “With these facilities in place, the ministry now has the capacity and capability to detect, identify and locate the sources of transmissions and is, therefore, able to determine if a frequency user is duly licensed or not.
“In addition, the use of the state-of-the-art equipment would enable the ministry to ensure that duly licensed users of radio frequency spectrum operate in compliance with technical specifications and licence conditions.
“Consequently, I want to use the medium to inform and urge all MDAs, private individuals and organisations that use the frequency spectrum to enhance communication and transmission of data within their organisations to ensure that they first obtain requisite authorisation from the ministry to use the radio frequency spectrum before they procure and operate any telecommunications equipment.
“In addition, those that are currently using the frequency spectrum without due authorisation are advised to formalise their status of operations. Failure to do so will attract appropriate sanctions.”