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Communications Commission of Kenya disputes mobile firms’ claims on SIMs

By - ABIGAEL SUM | October 10th 2013 at 00:00:00 GMT +0300


KENYA: The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has maintained that some mobile phone networks have not registered all their customers’ SIM cards, even as the firms’ chief executives insisted that this was not the case.

CCK Director General Francis Wangusi said the information given by the mobile operators was inaccurate and that the operators only complied with the December 2012 directive for a short time.

He said it was as a result of inconsistencies with the monthly phone operation data given by mobile phone companies that CCK uncovered the existence of unregistered SIM cards.

“We have received reports that there are 684,000 unregistered SIM cards operating yet it is their responsibility to ensure people are using registered SIM cards. We have established that the information they have been giving us is not accurate as there seems to be loopholes in the information they are giving us. Our investigators are already on the ground to verify the information they give us,” said Wangusi.

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“If unregistered SIM cards are not switched off and pre-activated SIM cards not withdrawn from the market, we may be forced to suspend their licences until such a time that they meet all the conditions or issue the licences to another company.”

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