By Martha Nakimuli
Some Ugandan phone dealers have asked the Uganda Communication Commission to extend the deadline for the disconnection of counterfeit phones in Uganda to a later date than the deadline ,July 2013.
They argue that they should be given more time to clear their stock and recover the money they invested .Most of the dealers Uganda Picks talked to, accuse the Uganda National Bureau of Standards which allowed in the low standard phones in the country.
“If I purchased these phones inside Uganda ,is it my role to detect whether they are fake or not” asked one angry phone dealer in a Kasubi ,a Kampala suburb.
UCC set January 31, as the deadline for non-operational fake phones.The commission also insist that all counterfeit mobile phones, including those which have already been subscribed to a network, will be disconnected starting July 1, 2013.
Executive Director of Uganda Communications Commission ,Eng. Godfrey Mutabazi says an automatic system has been developed in the country to detect new counterfeit phones.