Fake phone switch-off reprieve

TELECOMS

|
Image: Acting CCK DG Francis Wamukota Wangusi. By BiztechAfrica
Acting CCK DG Francis Wamukota Wangusi

Kenya’s ICT sector regulator, the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK), has announced the extension of the disconnection deadline from the end of December to April 30 next year.

Acting CCK Director-General Francis Wangusi said the extension was necessitated by the need to first undertake a consumer awareness campaign and also for the industry to establish a mechanism through which consumers could confirm the status of their mobile device.

The extension will also allow mobile operators to undertake the requisite technical preparations in readiness for disconnecting counterfeit handsets.

The extension will provide the affected mobile subscribers with more time to replace their mobile handsets in view of the prevailing hard economic realities in the country.

Wangusi said the industry was exploring the possibility of putting in place a system through which subscribers would be able to interrogate a central database via SMS to verify whether their devices are genuine or not.

Regulatory concern over counterfeit handsets stems from the fact that counterfeit devices deny manufacturers revenue through counterfeit production of their products.

In addition, use of counterfeit handsets may expose consumers to safety and health risks as the phones may not meet the approved radiation standards. Further counterfeit devices typically enter markets via unofficial channels thus denying the government of revenue.

According to industry statistics, close to 2.4 million mobile phones in the market are counterfeit, representing 9.39 % of the active mobile devices in the country.

The ongoing initiative to rid Kenya of counterfeit mobile phones is driven by CCK in conjunction with industry players, handset manufacturers, and other relevant government agencies including KeBS, Office of the President, Anti-Counterfeit Agency, and the Kenya Revenue Authority.



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE TELECOMS NEWS

SSA telecoms growing faster than any other region

The African telecoms market is set to be one of the main growth success stories for the telecoms sector in the next 5 years, according to a new report. Read More

Tigo introduces unified short code for products and services

Tigo Ghana has announced the installation of a world-class IVR (Interactive Voice Response) that will give both its pre-paid and post-paid customers the opportunity to access all its product through a unified short code, 555.  Read More

TNM to conduct biggest promotion pay-out

TNM will on August 26 splash out over K100 million in its Ufulu@50 Promotion, the biggest payout in a single day in the history of promotions in Malawi. Read More

We don’t patronise fake OEMs, says Glo

Globacom has said it does not patronise substandard original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and telecoms equipment vendors.  Read More

Africell DRC waits ‘in vain’ for interconnection

Africell, which began operations in the DRC in June 2012, has yet to enjoy interconnection. Read More

Telecom Namibia: WACS repairs to start this weekend

Repair work on the West Africa Cable System (WACS) off Namibia’s coast is scheduled to start over the weekend, says Telecom Namibia.  Read More

MTN Uganda marks 10m subscriber mark

Having hit the 10 million subscriber base, MTN Uganda has announced that it is giving out 10 million minutes of free airtime and 100 million MB of data to its customers. Read More

Airtel Malawi launches thematic campaign

Airtel Malawi has launched a new thematic campaign dubbed 'Muli Bwanji?' a local language greeting meaning 'How are you?' aimed at depicting the warmth and love that is synonymous with Malawians. Read More

Etisalat commissions flagship Experience Centre in Abuja

Etisalat has commissioned a world class flagship Experience Centre in Abuja. Read More

Infrastructure, connectivity key to Africa’s smart cities

Infrastructure and connectivity are key to achieving the Smart City vision, say WSP and Ruckus Wireless. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionSage HR AfricaMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoice

FEATURED STORY

Nigeria’s VAS providers ‘on brink of extinction’Nigeria’s VAS providers ‘on brink of extinction’

WASPAN chief Simon Aderinlola says unless the regulator intervenes, WASPAN may not have anything left to regulate. Kokumo Goodie reports.

IN DEPTH

Kenya rolls out e-extension to improve agricultureKenya rolls out e-extension to improve agriculture

In a bid to curb the overwhelmed number of agricultural extension officers in Kenya, the ministry of agriculture is embracing technology with their introduction of E-Extension services, which are aimed at reaching out to over 7 million farmers annually.