• According to the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA), anyone who fails to register their SIM cards for Safaricom, Telcom, or Airtel by April 15, 2022, risks having their lines disconnected indefinitely.
Kenyans are in a last-minute rush to beat the registration deadline, with only nine days until unregistered Sim Card lines are switched off.
The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has issued a directive that anyone who fails to register their SIM cards for Safaricom, Telcom, or Airtel by April 15, 2022, risks having their lines disconnected indefinitely.
Huge crowds have been seen lining up at mobile telco outlets across the country in recent days to get registered.
The CA has made the move, which is centered on streamlining communication by eradicating cybercrime issues and digital fraudsters, a mandatory requirement.
This follows several failed attempts by the Authority in 2012 and 2018 to enforce the requirement and turn off unregistered lines.
The Communications Authority has reiterated that, unlike previous notices in which the government later provided additional registration dates, there will be no extension this time.
“There will be no extension, so those who are still dragging their feet should wake up to reality and register with their respective telecom service providers or face permanent deactivation,” CA Director General reportedly stated.
The current registration process necessitates the presentation of a photo ID, which was not required in the past when an ID card sufficed.