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African mobile network operators can dramatically reduce smartphone theft, fraud and trafficking following the launch of a product by mobile cybersecurity firm Trustonic.

The new Asset Lifecycle Protection Service (ALPS) will also help them to safeguard their device investments, protect revenue and drive additional profit contribution. Trustonic, which is based in the UK, said two key services that will aid African operators include supply chain security and protecting subsidised, financed and leased devices.

The former protects devices by locking them at the moment they are produced and safeguards every stage of the lifecycle – and every participant involved – by making devices worthless to thieves. The latter prevents the use and resale of devices if instalment payments are not made. Once the subsidised plan is paid in full, a subscriber can request the device to be unlocked. Alternatively, once a lease agreement ends, devices can be locked if not returned.

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