Kenyan mobile giant Safaricom has suspended an additional 400,000 unregistered SIM cards in the second phase of its regulator-backed deactivation programme. According to Business Daily Africa the latest batch of disconnections brings the total number of lines switched off by the cellco to 1.2 million, out of a country total of 1.68 million – far lower than the Communications Commission of Kenya’s (CCK’s) target of 5.3 million SIM owners. Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore commented: ‘We invested over KES100 million (USD1.1 million) in publicity and awareness about SIM registration. This has contributed to our network having the highest percentage of compliant subscriber base’. Around 87% of Safaricom customers are said to have registered their SIM cards.
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