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April 12, 2014

Gadgets: Manufacturers Lobbying Against Counterfeiting

Manufacturers of mobile phones and other wireless communication devices (such as touch pads) are lobbying the Information and Communication Technologies Authority (ICTA) for it intensifies its fight against counterfeiting.

The Mobile Manufacturers Forum (MMF), an international association of manufacturers, sent a report on the matter to the relevant authorities worldwide. This report reinforces the ICTA's initiative to issue licenses for the import of mobile phones and  tablets announced on March 6.

The information published in this report, MMF makes certain recommendations, including the blocking of counterfeit mobile phones. For this, there are different systems listed by the association.

The first is to allow only devices with the IMEI identification number is genuine, to connect to a mobile network or internet in the country. Another solution: to recognize the SIM card when the phone is counterfeit by comparing the configuration of the device in which it is inserted with an official database. If the device configuration does not match the one provided by the manufacturer, the SIM card will become blocked or the telecommunications operator is notified.

In addition, MMF asks the authorities to develop awareness campaigns about the risks associated with the use of mobile phones and tablets counterfeit touch. The association refers in particular to the presence of toxic materials. According to the MMF, counterfeit devices do not necessarily meet the standards in force in particular in the framework of wave emissions and do not offer the same performance as authentic equipment. Note that these are the criteria that are set forth by the ICTA's initiative to monitor incoming aircraft in the area. Moreover, these counterfeit products do not enjoy after-sales services and guarantees.

MMF recalls that manufacturers are victims of counterfeiting. According to the association, the counterfeit 148 million units sold in 2013 worldwide is a source of shortfall. MMF does not provide encrypted this shortfall estimate, but indicates that manufacturers are investing billions of dollars in research and development and millions of dollars to ensure that their products meet safety standards and environmental protection in force in each country. They denounce unfair competition from producers of counterfeit devices.

States are also victims of counterfeiting, according to the association that evokes the shortfall Global USD 6 billion of public revenue as fake devices are subject to taxes calculated on lower prices than the originals or are sold the black market. In addition, MMF estimated that counterfeit products do not meet the standards.

 

 

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