On Thursday, last week, the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) switched off more than 603,000 fake phones across the country. A move aimed at discouraging the proliferation of counterfeit devices into the market.
One resident, Amina Juma was cited by the Coast Week lamenting, “It was at around 12 midnight when I woke up to check my phone only to see an indication ‘no service’ that was when I realized that my phone was blocked.
TCRA say the exercise to bar the use of counterfeits within the Tanzanian telecommunication space was executed successfully. The authority says although many users with counterfeit devices suspected their phones were going to be blocked, the regulator used only the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) to block just the cellular services.
The number of those affected – at least 603,000 users – is no small feat by all standards. This number represent about 2.9% of the total mobile users in the country, and without a doubt, the cellular service providers are going to feel some drop in their revenue. Regarding income made when subscribers make a voice call, send messages, subscribe to internet …read more