(The following press release from Safaricom Ltd. was received by e-mail.
The sender verified the statement.)
10th January 2013
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
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.
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