Kenya: CCK lays down the law over SIM registration

October 8, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories

The Communications Commission of Kenya, together with the East African country’s Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology, have reiterated the need for mobile service providers and their agents to comply with SIM registration regulation. CIO East Africa reports on a warning by authorities that non-compliance is seen to be a criminal offence.

Director General of CCK, Francis Wangusi (image: CCK)

Director General of CCK, Francis Wangusi (image: CCK)

The Director General of CCK, Francis Wangusi, is quoted as saying that anyone who contravenes these regulations commits an offence. “… and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding three hundred thousand shillings, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years, or to both,” he said.

The latest development in the country’s ongoing process of SIM registration regulation has emerged after the CCK reportedly discovered that mobile operators or agents are continuing to sell SIM cards and activating these without registering subscribers.

In its report CIO East Africa states that Wangusi has issued another warning to both the public and all mobile phone subscribers that using unregistered SIM cards could result in arrest and prosecution.

Staff Writer

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