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Kenya extends SIM registration deadline

20 Apr 2022

Kenya’s Communications Authority (CA) has extended the deadline for the country’s mobile phone users to register their SIM cards with their service providers by a further six months, to 15 October 2022. In February the regulator directed the country’s mobile operators to ensure that the personal details of their subscribers were fully updated by 15 April 2022, in accordance with the Kenya Information and Communications (Registration of SIM Cards) Regulations 2015. However, after determining that ‘operators still have a long way to go to achieve 100% compliance’ – with Safaricom reporting that so far 67% of its SIMs have been updated, followed by Airtel with 55% and Telkom Kenya with a compliance level of 33% – the CA has decided to extend the deadline to 15 October. At this date, the watchdog said it will conduct a detailed compliance audit on each of the operators and revealed that ‘any case of non-compliance by either the operators or subscribers will attract immediate penalties as laid out by law’.

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