Eight (8) foreign nationals who are suspected of selling fake mobile phones were apprehended in the joint operation raid carried out by the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry (AITI) and the Royal Customs and Excise Department.
The raid, which was conducted following a public tip-off, was carried out in a hotel in the capital. One hundred and ten (110) fake mobile phones of the reproductions of the latest Oppo, iPhone and Samsung models were seized.
AITI reminded members of the public to always check that the telecommunications equipment and devices have been approved by AITI prior to purchase, and to purchase their telecommunications equipment and devices from licensed dealers. The easiest way to ensure whether a device has been approved for use by AITI is to check for the AITI Type Approval sticker.
AITI's role is to license radio-communications and telecommunications systems and services, the importation, resale and approval of radio-communications and telecommunications equipment and use of radio frequency spectrum in Brunei Darussalam. These are all activities licensable by AITI and doing so without the requisite license constitutes an offence under the Telecommunications Order 2001.
Anyone found importing radio-communication and telecommunications equipment which has not been approved by AITI shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding BND10,000.00 imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years or both.
If any member of the public has information on illegal sales of mobile phones and related devices please contact the AITI Enforcement Unit at +673 232 3232 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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