May 20, 2024

SIM cards registration deadline; Long queues in the registration centres

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SIM cards registration deadline; Long queues in the registration centres as kenyans rush to beat April 15 deadline.

Unregistered SIM cards will be disabled in Kenya by April 15 as the government ramps up its anti-crime efforts and improves data accuracy.

Long queues were witnessed in registration centres across the country ahead of the April 15 deadline.

All mobile network operators have recently been asked by the Communications Authority (CA) to speed up the data cleansing process, with no further time being added.

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Following similar attempts in 2012 and 2018, the regulator has set a deadline to turn off SIM cards for the third time in a decade.

According to the authority, cell operators and consumers had ample time in 2018 to complete the cleansing exercise requested by them.

”This has been an ongoing process over the last few years, the planned switch-off follows an audit that has unearthed loopholes in adherence to SIM card registration laws by mobile network operators,” the authority said. 

“There is no need to protect consumers and the general public from criminal elements who exploit a lacuna in SIM registration. Many people have fallen prey to fraudsters,” CA said in a statement.

CA urged mostly subscribers with SIM cards of more than 10 years to visit their providers to update their data. 

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