CA orders disconnection of illegal SIM cards by 23 September

21 Sep 2018

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has given mobile operators until 23 September to disconnect all ‘illegal’ SIM cards – either fraudulently registered, unregistered or partly registered – on their network, Capital Business writes. The telecoms regulator’s decision follows an audit that revealed numerous instances of non-compliance with subscriber identification regulations. Safaricom, Airtel and Telkom Kenya will have to pay a fine amounting to 0.2% of their annual income if they fail to deactivate unregistered SIMs, while subscribers providing false information for identification risk a fine of USD992 or imprisonment for six months. The CA plans to undertake a further audit in three months to ascertain compliance with these directives.