Kenya has banned mobile phones that do not offer a battery life of at least eight hours talk time. The move is part of new guidelines aimed at curbing fake gadgets in the East African company, as the government continues to battle the influx of counterfeits coming in through illegal channels.
The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) said this in the latest mobile phone import rules which took effect on May 15. The guidelines state that only licensed telecommunications vendors will be authorised to import and distribute mobile phones whose batteries are expected to last a minimum of 24 hours when the gadget is not in use.
“Test reports submitted in the Type Approval process as evidence of conformance to these guidelines shall be from a test laboratory accredited under the International Laboratory Accreditation Co-operation (ILAC),” said the CA in the new guidelines.
All devices must have at least a one-year warranty and a two-year after-sales support. Unbranded devices are also not allowed, as the devices are required to have the manufacturer’s brand or identification mark and model or type printed boldly on the mobile device in indelible ink, which the CA must approve before it hits the market.
“Each mobile cellular device shall have a unique International Mobile Station Equipment Identity (IMEI) assigned by GSMA. The IMEI shall be printed on the device, legible and indelible.
“In addition, the IMEI shall be retrievable electronically by dialling *#06#,” reads the guidelines.
A report of by the CA indicated that authorities have seized fake goods valued at Sh1.2 billion in the last seven years.