Users of counterfeit handsets in Kenya have until 30 September to acquire genuine product or face being disconnected. The Star in Nairobi reports that The Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK) has confirmed that it will not extend the grace period
Although the regulatory body has postponed the switch off on several occasions, it has now reiterated that it is working closely with mobile operators and all systems are in place to enforce the regulation.
CCK acting Director General, Francis Wangusi, told The Star that there would be no extension of the switch off deadline. “There is no compelling reason that warrants extension because careful consideration has been given to all technical issues raised in the past,” he said.
The report also mentioned the country’s ongoing campaign urging consumers to check the authenticity of their International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers.
It has been reported that the CCK estimates that there are in the region of 3 million counterfeit mobile phones within the Kenyan market.