Kenya’s Communications Authority has extended SIM card registration by six months.
Kenyans now have until October 15th of this year to have their telecommunications companies update their information.
CA has also warned that users who have not registered their SIM cards by the new deadline will be fined.
After hundreds of thousands of Kenyans failed to meet the April 15 deadline, the government agency extended it.
The extension was also the result of extensive consultations between CA and Mobile Network Operators (MNO).
CA’s Director-General, Ezra Chiloba, and the MNOs met on Thursday, April 14 to assess the exercise’s success rate.
“It is the responsibility of the operators to advise on whether to switch off the unregistered lines or probably give an extension and allow as many Kenyans as possible to register,” Chiloba said in an earlier press conference.
CA maintained that the registration process is enshrined in the constitution and that mobile network operators are required to carry it out.