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Kenya Cuts Off 1.3 Million Unregistered SIM Cards

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Just under 1.3 million SIM cards were cut off in Kenya as the New Year started as the deadline for registering the users details with the mobile networks expired.

According to the Communications Commission of Kenya, the four local mobile networks had by today switched off 1,280,840 unregistered lines, five days after the expiry of the December 31 deadline.

Safaricom leads the pack with 800,000 unregistered SIM cards already off-air. Yu and Orange have suspended 290,000 and 120,010 unregistered lines from service, respectively. Airtel on the other hand has switched off 70,830 unregistered SIM cards.

Releasing the statistics, CCK Director General Mr. Francis W. Wangusi said the disconnection of unregistered SIM card was progressing well despite the initial hitches.

He attributed delays in disconnection of the more than six million unregistered SIM cards to verification of registration data received from mobile line dealers and agents countrywide.

"The verification exercise is quite involving as the mobile operators have to ensure that no registered mobile line is suspended from service," said Mr. Wangusi.

Mr. Wangusi said the overriding aim of the registration exercise is to achieve total compliance. He made an appeal to those who have not registered their lines to do so within the 90day period before their SIM cards are permanently de-activated.

Operator Registered Subscribers Suspended Subscribers
Airtel 3,877,475 70,830
Orange 2,106,250 120,010
Safaricom 17,200,000 800,000
Yu 2,353,106 290,000
Total 25,536,831 1,280,840
As of 28th Dec 2012 24,785,327  
New registrations 751,504  

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