Kenya: Mobile Firms Given 2 Days to Switch Off Illegal Subscribers

21 September 2018

Telecoms

Mobile operators have until Friday to remove unregistered subscribers and those listed using fraudulent documents from their networks or face fines of up to 0.2 per cent of their annual sales.

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) said a forensic audit on the mobile networks of Safaricom, Airtel and Telkom Kenya revealed that information on subscribers was based on inaccurate and incomplete data as well unregistered SIM cards, aiding criminal activities.

Anomalies unravelled include SIM cards with multiple registrations under different identity details, serial number length variance in registrations using passports and alien IDs as well as lack of control of the operators on their agents.

"We have asked the mobile operators to comply by cleaning up their data bases through ensuring that they switch off any fraudulently registered SIM cards. We have given them up to the end of this week to comply," said CA director general Francis Wangusi.

The Kenya Information and Communications (Registration of SIM-cards) Regulations 2015 allow a telecommunications operator or the CA to deactivate a subscriber's SIM-card on establishment that false information was provided in registering it.

Read the full article on the Daily Nation here.