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UCC to Cut Off Network from Fake Phones in Six Months


The Uganda Communication Commission has announced that it will in six months period, cut off networks from Fake Phones.

This was announced by Fred Otunu the Director of Public relations and Corporate Affairs at UCC, during the launch of the ‘SIMU KLEAR’ Anti-Illegitimate Communication Devices Campaign at UCC headquarters.

This campaign will run for a period of 6 months to build public awareness about the dangers of using illegitimate mobile communication devices.
Otunu said that this will start with the campaign which aims at sensitizing Ugandans to know about their phones.

“Before cutting off, we shall send you direct messages on your phone to warn you and later cut off. We are doing this because we want o enforce compliance,” he said adding,

“We want to ensure that our users are enjoying standards per now we want to sensitize, collaborate, engage as six months go,” he said
Otunu said that the launched campaign seeks to draw public attention to and discourage the use of such devices.

Under Section 5(k) of the Uganda Communications Act 2013, where UCC is mandated to promote and safeguard the interests of consumers and operators regarding the quality of communications services and equipment.

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“Section 5 (1) of the Act also tasks UCC to set national standards and ensure compliance with national and international standards and obligations laid down by international communications agreements and treaties to which it is a party. These include Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), Radio Frequency (RF) requirements, Equipment Safety and Health requirements, Technology, and Performance and Functionality requirements,” he said

UCC, he said is joining the rest of the world to fight against the use of illegitimate communication devices.

“The campaign is dubbed “SIMU KLEAR”. Since February 2022, the Commission has successfully implemented a concerted stakeholder engagement process entailing engagements with the public sector, sister agencies and regulators, policymakers, industry actors, and the media, among others,” he said

The campaign he said has entered 2nd phase, focusing on the call-to-action for consumers through the launch of code 197.

“The Anti-Illegitimate Communications Devices Campaign “SIMU KLEAR” is aimed at sensitizing the public about the dangers of using illegitimate mobile communication devices which, in most cases, lowers the quality of service on communication networks thus affecting the experience of consumers and businesses,” he said

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“When you buy any device, you want it to deliver the performance, functionality, and safety expected of devices in that family,” he said.

This is the purpose of standards. Illegitimate mobile communication devices compromise on those standards in favor of returns, impacting value proposition and safety Every legitimate mobile phone has a unique identifier that registers it to a carrier network.

This number, he said is called the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number. The IMEI number can be used to verify the legitimacy of the mobile phone.

“For one to check whether their mobile phone is legitimate or not, Dial *197-4#, and the IMEI will automatically be displayed on the phone screen. Alternatively, the IMEI number can be found on the body of the mobile phone, usually under the battery. You can also dial *#06# to know your mobile phone IMEI,” he said adding,

“It is estimated that over 180m counterfeit mobile phones are sold globally per annum and this represents a potential loss of €45bn to legitimate device manufacturers and governments,”

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