Communications Commission of Kenya has today launched a public awareness campaign dubbed ‘Pata Ukweli wa Mtambo’ to educate Kenyans on the risks associated with using counterfeit mobile phones and steps the consumers should take to establish if their mobile phones are genuine. The campaign will lead up to the switch off date which is set for 30th September 2012.
The awareness campaign is great but switching off fake phones, no no , it is not going to happen. We have heard that song before and I don’t think it is going to happen anytime soon. I can bet that CCK will postpone the deadline or just go quiet on it when that time comes. According to Industry statistics by the same CCK, close to 3 million mobile phones in the Kenyan market are counterfeit, translating to about 10% of all the active mobile devices in the country.Now the problem comes from the mobile network operators who are enjoying the cash from the 3 million fake phone users. 3 million is not a small number. I expect a big resistant and the back of the scene maneuvers from the network operators.
Let’s be practical between device manufacturers and network operators and with the current arrangements the Government will go with network operators any time. It is an open secret that Government has huge shares and interest on both Orange and Safaricom, switching off 3million users will hit Safaricom hard, followed by Orange. Safaricom being the highest tax contributor to the Government….I say mmmmh
In accordance with Regulation 24 of the Kenya Information and Communications (Importation, Type Approval and Distribution of Communications Equipment) Regulations 2010, requires all mobile phones to be type approved. Contravention of this statute attracts a fine not exceeding three hundred thousand shillings or imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or both.
I stand to be corrected…