The minister for communication, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has stated that all substandard mobile devices imported into the country will be banned in Ghana in other to reduce cyber threats which have become rampant in the country.
According to her, these cheap smuggled devices are of low quality and do have health implications on persons who patronise such devices.
Ursula Owusu also indicated that the sale of substandard devices on the black-market causes revenue loss for importers, government as well as its operators.
Ghana has about 34 million mobile devices subscribers with the mobile penetration rate exceeding 119%.
“It is a huge market for mobile devices. However, some subscribers use substandard and smuggled devices resulting in cybersecurity challenges, it also has health implications and poses revenue loss for importers, the government and operators,” she added.
Gladys Emefa Gemadzi