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Mobile Operators Deactivate 287,214 Sim Cards Registered With Wrong Details

by Zablon Ondari
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The Communication Authority has revealed that Kenyan mobile operators have deactivated 287,214 Sim cards between March and June 2022.

This comes as the 15th October deadline issued by the Authority for subscribers to validate their registration details nears.

In a statement on Thursday, 22nd September, the Authority stated that the Sim cards deactivated were those registered using the wrong identification details.

“With the deactivation, the active mobile subscriptions declined to 64.7 million in the quarter up from 64.9 million in the preceding period, translating to a mobile (9 Sim) penetration of 130.9 per cent,” read part of the report.

Consumers continue to validate their registration details and through the exercise, some have flagged numbers registered in their names without their knowledge.

In the January-March 2022 quarter, 124,689 Sim cards were deactivated as part of efforts to mitigate the misuse of Sim cards for criminal intentions.

Mobile money subscriptions stood at Ksh37.2 million, representing a penetration level of Ksh75.3 per cent. In the period, there were 1.1 billion person-to-person transfers amounting to Ksh1.1 trillion. On the other hand, the value of deposits stood at Ksh1.4 trillion.

In 2021, mobile services generated revenues of Ksh315 billion representing a 12.45 per cent increase compared to 2020. At the same time, investments in the mobile sub-sector grew by 12.41 per cent to stand at Ksh51.6 billion from Ksh45.9 billion in 2020.

As of 30th June 2022, there were 59.7 million mobile devices connected to mobile networks with feature phones and smartphones accounting for 32.9 and 26.8 million, respectively. The penetration rates for feature phones and smartphones computed as a percentage of the total population were 66.6 and 54.3 per cent, respectively.

The total number of data/Internet subscriptions went up by 2.3 per cent to reach 47.6 million, whereas the number of broadband subscriptions recorded a slight drop of 0.5 per cent to post 30.1 million,

During the period, 3G broadband subscriptions stood at 11.7 million consuming 73.1 million (GB) of data, while the 4G mobile broadband subscriptions consumed 208 million worth of data.

In broadcasting services, there were 286 commercial free-t-air TV, 160 free-to-air commercial FM radio stations 53 Community radio.

There were 92.8 million cyber threat incidences received by the National Kenya Computer Incidence Response Team (National KE-CIRT) during the period, with 1.9 million advisories issued to various targeted stakeholders.

The volume of domestic letters and courier items rose by 3.8 and 5.0 per cent to stand at 290,910 and 1.1 million items, respectively. In the same period, there were 97, 596 dot ke domain names.

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