Anatel seizes equipment without homologation during Megaoperation held between May 22 and 24
The National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) released this Monday (4/6), the final result of the national operation to combat unapproved telecommunications equipment, carried out between May 22 and 24, 2018. Were sealed or seized 24,947 products that were not authorized for marketing. Anatel’s operation with the distributors and importers of telecommunications equipment was attended by over 60 inspectors.
A simultaneous action of the Agency was carried out in seven states: São Paulo, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, Paraná, Mato Grosso, Minas Gerais and Bahia. In the case of Santa Catarina, the inspection was carried out jointly with the Federal Revenue Customs in Itajaí. The IRS also participated in the action in Paraná. In total, 11,350 products were sealed in Bahia, 5,177 in Santa Catarina, 2,616 in Minas Gerais, 2,272 in Mato Grosso, 2,079 in Paraná, 613 in Espírito Santo and 579 in São Paulo. In São Paulo 261 equipment was also seized.
Sealed products include those for fixed wireless internet, such as restricted radiation transceivers – equipment that sends the signal from the provider to the subscriber – antennas and routers. Large volumes of IP phones – which make voice calls over the Internet – and optical and network equipment have also been found.
After the administrative proceedings, Anatel may fine up to $ 50 million companies that sold the irregular products. In addition, equipment may be destroyed by the regulatory agency. Telecommunications equipment not approved and that require Anatel’s authorization cannot be marketed in the country because they do not prove compliance with the quality and safety requirements established by Brazilian regulations.
Source: Digital Convergence