11 January 2013

Kenya: More Than 2.4 Million Unregistered SIM Cards Switched Off

Photo: The Star
A poster encouraging people to give up their fake phones.

The Communications Commission of Kenyav (CCK) has announced that the four local mobile operators have to date switched off more than 2.4 million unregistered SIM cards.

According to statistics gathered from mobile operators, a total of 2,408,266 unregistered mobile lines had, by January 8, been switched off, barely a week after the expiry of the December 31 deadline.

According to a statement sent to our newsroom on Friday by Christopher Wambua, Communications Manager- Consumer and Public Affairs Division, CCK, Safaricom has disconnected a total of 1.2 million unregistered SIM cards. Orange and Airtel have disconnected 520,000 and 365,266 unregistered lines, respectively. YuMobile on the other hand has switched off 323,000 SIM cards.

"In our view, the disconnection of unregistered SIM card is progressing well in light of the laborious process of first verifying registration data received from dealers and agents countrywide," says Wambua adding that those who have not registered their lines are requested to do so before their lines are disconnected.

Subscribers whose lines have been switched off have up to 90 days to register their SIM cards, failing which their mobile numbers will be recalled permanently and subsequently reassigned to new users.

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