SIM card registration deadline extended by 6 months
Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has now extended the SIM card
registration deadline by six months to October 15, 2022.
State agency said this is to ensure the network operators – namely Safaricom,
Airtel and Telkom Kenya – meet their target of 100 per cent compliance with the
Kenya Information and Communications Regulations 2015.
Director General Ezra Chiloba, in a statement to newsrooms on Friday, said the
authority will – in the mean time – assess progress of the exercise on a
stated that, upon lapse of the new deadline, network operators, as well as subscribers who will not have complied with the new directive, will be slapped
far, Safaricom PLC has reported 67 per cent compliance, Airtel Kenya 55 per
cent while Telkom Kenya is at 33 per cent. 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 15th October
2022,” said the CA boss.
this period, the Authority will undertake monthly reviews to assess progress.
At the expiry of the six (6) months, the Authority will further conduct a
detailed compliance audit on each of the operators.”
added: “Subsequently, any case of non-compliance with the SIM Card Registration
Regulations 2015 by either the operators or subscribers will attract immediate
penalties as laid out by law.”
also said the decision for the extension was arrived at after taking into
consideration concerns raised by the consumers as well as the operators’
readiness to ensure full compliance.
authority added that it further needed to ensure the registration exercise also
captured subscribers outside the country, those in rural and remote parts of
the country, as well as the vulnerable population who may not be in a position
to present themselves physically.
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