Over 2.4m mobiles disconnected

Kenya’s regulator reports that the number of unregistered SIM cards disconnected to date has risen to over 2.4 million.

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) says the four local mobile operators have to date switched off more than 2.4 million unregistered SIM cards.
  
According to statistics gathered from mobile operators, a total of 2,408,266 unregistered mobile lines had, by January 8, been switched off, barely a week after the expiry of the December 31 deadline.

Safaricom has disconnected a total of 1.2 million unregistered SIM cards. Orange and Airtel have disconnected 520,000 and 365,266 unregistered lines, respectively. YuMobile on the other hand has switched off 323,000 SIM cards.

In our view, the disconnection of unregistered SIM card is progressing well in light of the labourious process of first verifying registration data received from dealers and agents countrywide.

Those who have not registered their lines are requested to do so before their lines are disconnected.

Subscribers whose lines have been switched off have up to 90 days to register their SIM cards, failing which their mobile numbers will be recalled permanently and subsequently reassigned to new users.
  
Below is the up to date data:

Operator

Registered Subscribers

  Suspended Subscribers

 

28th Dec 2012

 8th Jan 2013

 28th Dec 201  2

8th Jan 2013

Airtel

3,877,475  

 4,347,765 

  70,830

365,266

Orange

2,106,250

 2,160,873

  120,010

520,000

Safaricom

17,200,000

 17,290,000

  800,000

1,200,000

Yu Mobile

2,353,106 

 2,440,000

  290,000

323,000

Total

25,536,831 

 26,238,638

  1,280,840

2,408,266

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