Over 280,000 Sim cards have been disabled by telecommunications companies ahead of the October 15 registration deadline.
According to a statement released by the Communications Authority (CA) on Thursday, September 22nd, some of the deactivated lines contained incorrect information, while others were acquired fraudulently.
The regulating body issued a warning to those who have not yet registered their sim cards, noting that the figure is expected to increase after the exercise concludes.
CA argued that the directive is aimed at curbing fraud and creating a proper recognition system for mobile phone operators in the country.
Subscribers have to provide their personal information and a medium-sized photo upon signing up. Telcos further opened an online platform allowing users to register.
An impending deadline caused panic among Kenyans, and therefore the deadline was pushed back till October 15. The original deadline for disconnecting customers who hadn’t signed up for their lines was April 15.
The extension, according to the Director General of CA, was made to ensure full compliance.
“In order to ensure that operators meet their obligation, the Authority has decided to extend the SIM card registration validation period for a further six (6) months. The new deadline for updating subscriber registration details will be October 15, 2022,” Chiloba stated.
An initial total of 124 689 sim cards were disabled after the initial registration. According to quarterly statistics provided by CA, the change resulted in a decline in overall subscriptions from 64.9 million to the present level of 64.7 million.
After 92.8 million cyber threat occurrences were reported, the country made the decision to register and regulate mobile phone usage.
All subscribers were limited to no more than ten sim cards under the updated draft of the Kenya Information and Communications (Registration of Telecommunications Service Subscribers), 2022.
When enrolling minors, the draft rule also required parents or legal guardians to provide their full contact details.
Telecommunications companies and subscribers that do not comply with the draft regulations will face severe penalties.