September 21, 2012
Kenya to switch off uncertified, counterfeit mobile phones
Kenya is set to switch off all uncertified mobile phones in the country by the end of September in an effort to curb security threats and halt the illegal trade of counterfeit phones, officials said Wednesday, reports Sabahi Online.
The ban will affect devices that do not have an International Mobile Equipment Identity code -- the 15-digit number that identifies each mobile device and facilitates their traceability.
... Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK) Director General Francis Wangusi said illegal phones not only pose security threats, but also violate manufacturers' intellectual property rights. In addition, these devices are not subjected to the same safety standards as other handsets, posing undue risk to consumers, he said.
Registering all mobile phones in Kenya will enable better monitoring and tracking of mobile phones, he said.
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