Six held for interfering with international phone calls

Six held for interfering with international phone calls
The suspects are wanted for illegally terminating international calls thereby causing loses to telecoms firms. Courtesy Photo.

At least six people are in trouble for interfering with International phone calls. They were picked up from Masanafu in Lubaga Division in Kampala two days after and locked up at Wandegeya Police Station.

Abdu Salam Waisswa, the Head of Legal Affairs Uganda Communications Commission, says the suspects are wanted for illegally terminating international calls thereby causing loses to telecoms firms. Waisswa explains how call termination works.

According to Waisswa, the suspects, one of whom was working with Airtel, will appear at Buganda Road Magistrate’s court on Thursday to answer for electronic fraud and operating a telecommunication system illegally.

All the suspects are graduates of Information Communication and Technology (ICT). Although Waiswwa couldn’t give the exact loss occasioned on telecom companies by the international call termination fraud, he said the companies had raised the matter with UCC.

He appealed to members of the public who receive international calls appearing as local calls to report to police. “If you receive a call from a person for instance in Malaysia, but it appears like a local number, come to the Commission or Police,” he said.

How the Call termination works

Call termination requires a Sim box alias Sim Bank. A Sim box holds a bundle of Sim Cards separately from the Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP)/ Gateways in order to minimise maintenance costs and solve Sim blocking problems.

A SIM box can contain SIM cards of different mobile operators, permitting it to operate on numerous networks.

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