C.A directs mobile phone services providers to suspend all unregistered sim cards

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,29TH MAY 2018-If you have a sim card which is in operation and has not been registered properly  you will soon not be able to communicate or even make a phone call after your sim is blocked.This is after Mobile phone operators were directed to suspend all sim cards whose registration status is not in compliance with the Sim Card Regulations.

The Communications Authority (CA) says the move has been necessitated by revelations that the Mobile Network Operators and subscribers are not complying with the requirements of the Kenya Information and Communications(Registration of Sim Cards) Regulations, 2015.

“The Authority wishes to remind subscribers that Rule 5 (1) of the Regulations provides that a person who intends to register a SIM Card shall provide the following particulars to the telecommunications operator or agent: full names, identity card, service card, passport or alien card number, date of birth, gender,” he said.

“You also need to provide information on your physical address, an original and a copy of the birth certificate in respect to the registration of minors, subscriber number in respect of existing subscribers, a letter duly sealed by the chief executive officer of the person responsible for the day to day management of the statutory body,” he stated

He also added that subscribers whose SIM Cards will be suspended may be reactivated upon submission of the relevant information to their service provider as stipulated in Rule 5 of the regulations.

The government has for the last  two years been tightening the noose around unregistered sim cards in an effort aimed at ensuring that   criminals do not use them to steal or con unsuspecting members of the public.This has been done through ensuring that mobile phone services providers register their customers sim cards at the point of purchase.

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