- Many Kenyans Caught Unaware In The New Regulations For Registration Of SIM Cards.
- How many SIM cards a Kenyan can own in the new regulations
The ICT ministry has set the limit of maximum number of SIM cards a Kenyan can own in the new regulations.
According to the ICT ministry each Kenyan will only be allowed to own up to 10 SIM cards under new regulations.
The revised draft of the Kenya Information and Communications (Registration of Telecommunications Service Subscribers) Regulations,2022, published on Tuesday states that all subscribers except in the case of registering a child shall register a maximum of 10 SIM cards.
Kenyans will be required to continue providing original identification documents such as IDs, birth certificates and passports in the SIM registration process.
For the parents or guardians intending to register a SIM card on behalf of a child shall provide both their identification documents and those of the child in the registration process.
Children under the age of 18 will be required to regularize their registration details within a period of three months.
Subscribers, meanwhile, are required to notify their telecommunications operator or agent within a month of a change in their registration details.
On their behalf, operators and their agents will be required to verify the documents provided with penalties for the pair in case of compliance and penalties for subscribers submitting fake personal identity details.
The new draft regulation prohibits subscribers from registering SIM cards on behalf of others.
Telcos will need to notify non-compliant subscribers before deactivating or suspending services.
Operators have the green light to deactivate subscriptions upon requests from subscribers when the subscriber submits incorrect information in the registration.
The new rules, which are currently under public participation until May 31, are expected to come into force six months after the release of the final draft.
Operators or subscribers who violate the new provisions are expected to face sanctions, including penalties set by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA).