Anatel performs mega operation in 7 states
Anatel carried out on Tuesday (05/22) a major inspection with telecommunications equipment distributors to seal and seize non-approved and non-certified equipment in seven states. To date, the inspection team has accounted for 10,225 sealed and seized irregular products. The work was done focusing on network products, such as: restricted radiation transceivers, antennas, IP phones and network cables.
The purpose of the operation was to curb unlawful marketing by distributors, suppliers and importers. To carry out the inspection, a coordination room was set up in Brasília and another in São Paulo. The operation involved 78 Agency servers. The work of the inspectors began at 8:30 this morning and continued until the end of the day.
Anatel’s decision to supervise these distributors had as its starting point several complaints received. In recent months, the Agency has received a number of complaints from telecommunications product manufacturers and associations about the marketing of non-certified products. After verifying the consistency of these complaints, Anatel teams went out to inspect 30 addresses, between warehouses and offices, of the country’s major equipment distributors located in 14 municipalities in seven states.
The 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 cases of Paraná and Santa Catarina, the inspection was done jointly with the IRS. The IRS already operates in ports and airports to verify imported telecommunications products.
These products can pose risks to the health of the population, as they use low quality materials and have not been subjected to mechanical, electrical tests and do not comply with the limits of electromagnetic radiation defined by regulation. Combating the marketing of non-certified products also contributes to fair competition in the telecommunications products market between manufacturers, distributors, suppliers and importers.
Anatel’s superintendent of supervision, Juliano Stanzani, considered the action positive and assessed that “Anatel thus signals to society and to the manufacturers, distributors and importers market that it is aware of this matter and will take steps to curb the marketing of telecommunications products without proper certification ”. The superintendent also said that “there is a forecast of repeating this type of action throughout the year.”
The Agency will institute administrative proceedings that could result in fines to these companies. The centralized coordination of the operation was carried out by the regional manager of Goiás, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul and Tocantins, Jose Afonso Cosmo Júnior, who explained that “the equipment was sealed and could be destroyed by the Agency.”