Nokia helps curb counterfeit handsets
TELECOMSBy BiztechAfrica - April 9, 2011, 8:10 a.m.
Handset giant Nokia is working with various agencies in Kenya in an ongoing campaign to curb the import of grey market and counterfeit handsets.
Last year, it was reported that the Kenyan government and handset makers jointly lost USD35 million through tax evasion at ports of entry and the growing number of counterfeit handsets in circulation in the country.
Nokia’ s General Manager for East and Southern Africa, Kenneth Oyolla, noted that the losses due to grey market and counterfeit handsets also extended to job losses and customer dissatisfaction.
As part of its battle to curb these imports, Nokia has trained officials from the Weights and Measures Department, the Kenya Bureau of Standards and the Anti-Counterfeit Agency.
Nokia says more needs to be done to curb the problem. In addition to collaborating with local authorities to stamp out counterfeiting, Nokia is also introducing low cost devices aimed at making quality handsets available to a bigger market.
More than 22 million Kenyans now use mobile phones, giving the country a teledensity of around 60%.
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