Thursday, September 2, 2010
SIM Registration Deadline in Kenya Ends, Users Given Upto 16th September
Information and Communication Permanent Secretary Dr Bitange Ndemo has confirmed that operators have been given 15 days to compile updated subscriber databases following the two-month exercise.
Although disconnections are technically left to the operators’ own discretion, Dr Ndemo suggested that it is in their best interests to do so: ‘If I was to report that someone perpetrated a crime against me and the police went to the operator and find the number is not in their register, then the operator will be held accountable’.
According to the CCK, approximately 80% of subscribers have complied with the government directive. At 25 August market leader Safaricom had registered 84% of its subscribers, Zain Kenya 65%, and Telkom Kenya (Orange) 50%, whilst Essar Telecom reported the lowest rate for registration, with just 29% of subscribers submitting their details.
Based on total subscriber figures and market share per network, this means that around four million of Kenya’s 20 million mobile phone subscribers could find themselves disconnected later this month. Charles Njoroge, Director General of the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) said that all operators are obliged to inform subscribers before disconnecting them for non-registration.