Over 1.2m SIM cards are blocked in Kenya

Jan 04, 2013, 11:40 AM EST
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Four mobile operators, Safaricom, Orange, Yu and Airtel, switched off 1.28 million unregistered lines following the December 31 deadline for mandatory SIM card registration. An amendment to the Kenya Information and Communication Act passed last year compels mobile operators to keep a register of their customers as part of a crackdown on crimes such as extortion and hate speech that can be aided by telecommunications.