SAFARICOM SUSPENDS ANOTHER 400,000 UNREGISTERED PHONE LINES
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10th January 2013 PRESS RELEASE For immediate Release News/ Business Editors
SAFARICOM SUSPENDS ANOTHER 400,000 UNREGISTERED LINES 500,000 lines registered in January 2013; 87% subscriber base compliant
Leading integrated communications provider Safaricom Limited has suspended an additional 400, 000 unregistered lines in the 2nd phase of the deactivation exercise. This brings to 1.2 million the total number of lines disconnected so far in the exercise to comply with a government directive requiring the mandatory registration of all SIM cards operating within the country. Safaricom has in the last 9 days alone registered more than half a million lines making 87% of its subscriber base compliant.
Company CEO Mr. Bob Collymore said, "We invested over Kshs 100 million in publicity and awareness about SIM registration. This has contributed to our network having the highest percentage of compliant subscriber base."
Safaricom is conducting the deactivation exercise in phase to allow for the manual entry of data from subscribers and to also process the backlog from last minute registrations. The firm has advised affected subscribers to visit Safaricom shops and authorised dealer outlets to start the process of reinstatement.
Ends... About Safaricom Safaricom provides a comprehensive range of services under one roof. This includes mobile and fixed voice and data services on a variety of platforms. It is Kenya's widest 3G network with a growing fibre optic cable footprint and its most expansive WIMAX presence. Safaricom pioneered commercial mobile money transfer globally through M-PESA, the most successful such service anywhere in the world. Launched in March 2007 as a money transfer service, it now has over 15.2 million customers and over 45,000 Agent outlets countrywide.