CCK relaunches SIM registration scheme after two-year hiatus

12 Jun 2012

According to local newspaper The Star, the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) plans to introduce another round of SIM card registration in the coming weeks, after the process was sidelined almost two years ago. The move follows a belated amendment to the Kenya Information and Communications Act of 1998; CCK acting director general Francis Wangusi commented: ‘Before there was no legal mandate to register subscribers, but this is going to be enforced now’. By the end of September 2010, when the last registration push ground to a halt, the CCK reported that a total of 12.42 million mobile users had registered their details, representing 61.6% of the country’s 20.8 million subscribers at that date. Market leader by subscribers Safaricom led the registration process, with 13.8 million (85%) out of its client base of 16.24 million subscribers registered, followed by Zain Kenya (now Airtel) with 1.96 million (70%) of its 2.8 million subscribers. Meanwhile Essar Telecom Kenya (yu) and Telkom Kenya (Orange) had managed to register just 7% and 4% of their users, respectively.