Ghanaian viewers are warned. The National Communications Authority (NCA) has informed the public in Ghana about an incursion of set-top boxes (STBs) which are counterfeit on the market. The reason given for the availability of these fake decoders is Ghana’s deadline for migration to digital transmission, which is getting closer.
STBs that have been recognised as uncertified and seized by the Ghanaian Police Service include Open Box, Odaimond Star, Mac Sunny, Free Sat, J-Star, TuchnoSat, Vidbox, Combo and DigiSat.
Henry Kanor, the Director for Engineering at the NCA, said: “It is important that dealers and importers comply to protect users with regards to environmental health and safety standards including electromagnetic radiation and emissions”.
He further added that: “Our checks on the market reveal that there are companies in Nigeria and elsewhere who try to flood our market with those products and we realise that it’s only through education that our fellow countrymen will know that when you buy such boxes you buy it at your own peril because our test on these boxes have shown that they don’t meet the standard in the country and will not even last. This is also because they do not conform to the regime that we have in Ghana’.