Last hours before fake phone switch off

TELECOMS

|
Image: Francis Wangusi. By BiztechAfrica
Francis Wangusi

Hundreds of thousands of people are likely to be affected when Kenya suspends services to counterfeit handsets from midnight tonight.

All unregistered handsets and those with non-authentic Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers in Kenya will be disconnected from networks from tonight.

CCK Director General Francis W. Wangusi says CCK has already carried out adequate public awareness campaigns to sensitize consumers on counterfeit mobile phones and the dangers associated with use of such devices.

Wangusi said recently that close to 10 million queries had been made to the handset verification system out of the total 29.7 million subscribers in the country, representing slightly more than a third of the total mobile subscription base.

“We have noted with satisfaction that the number of confirmations through the system have been increasing dramatically as the deadline for the switch-off approaches. We urge Kenyans to confirm the status of their handsets in good time to avoid disconnection,” he said.

Safaricom said last week that it expected around 600,000 of its 19.1 million subscribers to be affected by the counterfeit phone switch off. The telco said it would conduct the disconnection in phases.

Telkom Kenya Orange has been running a promotional campaign offering low cost replacement handsets for those in possession of fake handsets, with ‘Chagua original phones’ priced as low as Ksh.599; while Airtel Kenya has extended its shop operating hours to serve customers’ registration requests. Subscribers can visit Airtel showrooms at Mombasa, Koinange, Parkside, Sarit and Westgate before 2pm today.

Subscribers can confirm the authenticity of their handsets by dialling *#06# to get the IMEI number, which they in turn send to 1555.



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE TELECOMS NEWS

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

Murielle Lorilloux is Vodacom Congo new MD

Murielle Lorilloux, a French citizen and former Orascom Algeria marketing director, has been appointed as the new managing-director (MD) of Vodacom Congo. Read More

Africell DRC’s star performance makes headlines

Africell is the darling of the media in DRC on the back of winning five million subscribers in under two years. 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.

COMPANY NEWS

SAP innovation transforms how Governments conduct business

SAP Africa kicked off its public sector innovation roadshow in Johannesburg, to highlight how the SAP innovation solutions portfolio including, cloud and big data, supports all levels ...