Total number of disconnected Safaricom SIM cards reaches 1.2m

11 Jan 2013

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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