Lagos - The International
Telecommunication Union (ITU) said it would hold talks on strategies to combat
counterfeit and substandard devices in Information and Communications
The Secretary-General of ITU, Dr Hamadoun Toure, made this
known in a statement issued in Lagos on Monday.
He said the high-level talks were in a bid to improve global
coordination in the application of ICT.
According to him, the talks, which will feature discussions
on combating counterfeit and substandard ICT devices, will hold at ITU
Headquarters in Geneva, from Nov. 17 to Nov. 18.
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He also said discussion would take stock of the global
challenges posed by counterfeit and substandard ICT products and the role of
ITU in checking counterfeiting.
"Consumers rely on brand names and international standards
to provide an assurance of quality, and this assurance is relevant to consumers
in developed and developing countries.
"Counterfeit and substandard ICT products demand
"Such products raise the risk of network disruptions and
interoperability challenges that result in poor quality of service, with
potentially dire consequences in emergency situations,’’ Toure said.