Kenya switch off gets underway

TELECOMS

|
Image: Francis Wangusi. By BiztechAfrica
Francis Wangusi

Kenya’s telecoms operators will start disconnecting services to unverified handsets today. This follows the passing of the 30 September deadline for users to register their phones.

The move is in line with the government’s programme to remove counterfeit handsets from circulation in Kenya. Phone users were given until midnight last night to check their phones’ IMEI numbers. Those that were not verified and registered will be disconnected from services from today. The CCK has estimated that up to 3 million devices in use in Kenya were counterfeit.

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) says all four operators have undertaken to switch off unregistered and counterfeit phones. CCK Director General Francis Wangusi said last week that adequate public awareness campaigns had been carried out and that there would be no further extension of the deadline.

Kenya’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication, Dr. Bitange Ndemo, said earlier that it was necessary for the government to ensure that all mobile phones are genuine to safeguard the health of consumers and also to promote confidence in mobile innovations.

 “In this era of mobile banking, use of counterfeit devices, which are manufactured without due consideration to the recognized security standards, may expose our mobile money systems as well as the wider banking and financial system to unnecessary risks.  The Government cannot allow this to happen and thus  our decision to have all unregistered SIM cards and counterfeit handset mobile phones phased out by 30th September 2012,” said Dr. Ndemo.



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE TELECOMS NEWS

Vodacom Congo to extend coverage to Central DRC

Mobile operator Vodacom is preparing to extend its network coverage to the central regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Read More

Glo grows subscriber figures to 27.3 million

Globacom says it has worked assiduously to grow its subscriber base to some 27.3 million. By this latest figure, the telco has overtaken Airtel. Read More

Phase3 Telecom upgrades Adam Smith’s facility

Stanley Jegede Phase3 Telecom has upgraded its communications solutions offering to Adam Smith West Africa’s operations. Read More

Nokia devices account for 7m 3G devices, says MTN

Nokia handsets account for the majority of 3G devices on the MTN Nigeria network, the company says. Read More

Airtel Africa announces leadership changes in DRC, Niger

Bharti Airtel has announced the appointment of three key business leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Niger. Read More

BTCL shares to be floated in November

The Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTCL) Initial Public Offering, which has been in the pipeline for some time, has reached an advanced stage, says the government. Read More

Outsourcing of telecoms towers management a win-win situation - analysts

The sale of tower assets by African telecoms operators to independent management firms is a win-win situation, according to analysts, with operators benefitting from reduced costs and the buyers obtaining potentially valuable long-term assets.  Read More

Smartphones fail to break into DRC market

Despite harvesting an unprecedented success in other parts of the African continent, smartphones have failed to make any significant impact in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Read More

Zamtel, NEC in microwave transmission project

Dr Nobuhiro Endo, President at NEC Corporation, and Dr Mupanga Mwanakatwe, CEO  of Zamtel Zamtel and NEC Corporation have agreed to build a new digital microwave radio transmission network to boost mobile coverage and capacity across Zambia. Read More

Nokia, oRn partner for Rwanda’s first commercial LTE network

olleh Rwanda Networks (oRn), a joint venture between the Rwandan government and KT Corporation, has chosen Nokia Networks to provide network and managed services for the country’s first commercial LTE network. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

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

FEATURED STORY

MFarmer SMS redefines market access for Ugandan farmersMFarmer SMS redefines market access for Ugandan farmers

Ugandan smallholder farmers are benefitting from an ambitious innovative ICT mobile phone initiative that offers weather reports and up-to-date market information about changes in prices for agricultural commodities, thus granting them lucrative returns from their farming ventures. 

IN DEPTH

NIG President speaks his mindNIG President speaks his mind

Bayo Banjo, CEO, Disc Communications and President, Nigeria Internet Group (NIG) says the proposed licensing of infrastructure companies by the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) will breed corruption and entrench monopolistic practices. Kokumo Goodie reports.