Harare man up for flouting PTC Act

HARARE - A Harare man has been charged with operating a telecommunications system without a licence.

Emmanuel makumbe, 30, allegedly contravened the Postal and Telecommunications Act after he manipulated the International Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

It is alleged that Makumbe acquired two Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) gateways which allowed him to harness all international calls from around the world, manipulate
the calls and make them appear as though they were being made locally.

It is alleged that the GSM has software to manipulate the calls and make them appear as local traffic originating from the local numbers, thereby by-passing the international
gateway.

Makumbe’s actions, according to State papers, prejudiced the mobile operators of international termination traffic revenues.

According to the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz), Makumbe is not licensed to operate such telecommunication services.

The offence came to light last Friday when detectives from CID Homicide received information from Lloyd Chirindo, a loss control officer at Telecel Zimbabwe. Chirindo told the police
officers that he had detected an irregularity of international traffic by-pass.

He advised the police that some international calls were being diverted into a sim box and appear as if they are local calls generated from Telecel sim cards.

The police acted on the information, leading to Makumbe’s arrest.

Upon his arrest, Makumbe led police to a Potraz engineer’s office in Harare’s central business district, where the equipment he used to manipulate the system was found.

The machine was disconnected.

Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe remanded Makumbe out of custody to September 9.

    Comments (4)

    And what of the portraz engineer. Isnt this makumbe just a pawn in this case.

    ndozvo - 27 August 2014

    What exactly was the role of the POTRAZ engineer since the equipment was found in his possession? Shouldn't the engineer be behind bars as well, unless he is an "untouchable".

    Nesongano - 27 August 2014

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    GALLERYCARTIDGES - 28 August 2014

    Rubbish. 1. Owning a IP-PBX is not illegal. 2.There is no law restricting any one from possessing as many SIM cards 3.There was was no manipulation the software it is called soft switching based on Linux. 4.The reason why people do this is because Econet international termination rates are very high.Meaning calling from UK or USA to ZImbabwe costs a fortune so international operators use cheaper "grey " routes. 5.VoIP - is a technology that use the internet to carry calls.Even the GSM operators use it to cut costs but they dont pass the costs to the end user. 6.There is no such problems in South Africa because the international termination rates are normal. 7.The rates in ZIm were artificially pegged at 0.20 c / minute by POTRAZ and GSM operators during a time where there was foreign currency shortage.This is NO onger the case. 7.More and more people are getting into this business because legally there is NO issues. 8.Our company Zolatel Inc based in Harare , supplies the equipment to do your call termination and we offer you the software to make your SIM cards undetectable. 9.If this was illegal so should be Skype ! 10. Some engineers at Econet and Telecel actually own these gadgets and they locate them in crowded areas like Mbare Musika to avoid detection.But our system can be carried in a bag while you travel in a Kombi from Rezende to 7th street back and forth ! We are light years ahead and this is NOT illegal ! Contact Us and get your info on how to make $ 500 per day ! zolatel@gmail.com

    Julius Goto - 28 August 2014

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