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Mobile firms maintain innocence over SIM registration

08 October 2013, 16:56

Nairobi - Local mobile operators have broken their silence over reports that their chief executive officers faced arrest over unregistered Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards.

In a joint statement released on Tuesday, the companies, Airtel, Essar, Orange and Safaricom, said contrary to some reports, they had complied with the laws regulating the registration of the cards.

“We would like to confirm that the four mobile operators licensed by the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) received communication from the Criminal Investigations Department of the Kenya Police Service requiring the respective CEOs to appear before CID officials to provide information with respect to SIM registration,” read a statement.

The firms confirmed they were giving the relevant authorities their full cooperation.

“We wish to inform the general public that since the publication of the SIM registration regulations in January of 2013, the mobile operators continue to maintain and update a registered subscriber base of over 30 million mobile phone users,” the companies stated.

“All four operators have gone over and above what is required by law by adhering to international standards of mobile systems security. We have also invested heavily in our endeavor to provide a convenient, widely available and secure communications infrastructure to serve the Kenyan population. We wish to assure the public and the Government that we are in full compliance with the law and will continue working together with the various regulators and law enforcement agencies in the execution of their public duty.”

The country’s SIM registration process is intended to curb criminal and terrorist activities.

Meanwhile, the mobile firms expressed disappointment at the manner in which some media houses had reported on the matter.
“In closing, we wish to express our extreme displeasure at the sensational manner in which this issue has been handled. As licensed operators, we maintain a daily engagement with our regulators and are always available for open dialogue.”

The country has about 30,8 million subscribers, representing  a penetration rate of more than 75 percent.

 – CAJ News



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