The Communications Authority of Kenya has released a draft document on proposed minimum features and technical specifications for mobile cellular devices to be sold in Kenya. Interested parties and the general public can submit their input before January 13 2018.
In the proposed standards, ostensiblty to clamp down on fake phones and those with counterfeit serial (IMEI) numbers, phones sold must have at least one-year’s warranty, have the manufacturer’s identification mark and model printed on the mobile cellular device in indelible ink, readily visible and legible. Each device must have a unique International Mobile Station Equipment Identity (IMEI) assigned by GSMA. The IMEI must be printed on the device and should be retrievable electronically by dialing *#06#.
Phones must have a minium talk time of 8 hours and be equipped with a wired or a wireless earpiece interface that complies with CA’s guidelines on the use of short-range devices.