From July to September this year, 243,700 irregular telecommunications equipment was seized in Brazil. This volume exceeded the total number of seizures reached throughout 2019, according to Anatel (National Telecommunications Agency).
Batteries, chargers, boxing TV devices, smartwatches, digital converters with wifi are some examples of this irregular equipment.
According to Anatel, the high volume of seizures is the result of inspections carried out in partnership with the Federal Revenue Service, the Federal Police and the Federal Highway Police.
Anatel reinforces that the purchase of products that have not been duly certified by the Agency may represent risks for consumers.
“It is important for the population to note that the objective of the certification process is to establish a minimum degree of quality and suitability of products, and that equipment that may have foreign certification does not necessarily meet requirements adopted by the country “, explained Vinicius Caram, Superintendent of Grant and Resources Installment, in a note released by Anatel.
The Agency exemplified in the statement the certification of cell phones or smartphones and their accessories, such as batteries and chargers. There is a whole process of verification of compliance with requirements related to health protection, such as the limit on the emission of non-ionizing radiation, potential for overheating, leakage of toxic components and compatibility with the Brazilian telecommunications network.