Looks like Airtel alongside other carriers could have been letting some things pass by in the quest to get more subscribers.
The Communications Authority has been increasingly aware of discrepancies in the numbers of subscribers offered by Telcos. This where telcos register subscribers but the information is not verified. Some Telcos have also not been stringent in following the rules to retain/increase subscriber numbers. With the new rules, fake names, illegal schemes such as SimBox tools will be routed. The CA has in the last few months raided illegal operations offering international calls at reduced costs thereby costing both the Telcos and government revenues.
From the Capital FM report above and I quote:
CA officials together with the police officers, managed to recover a total of 5,827 SIM cards from local mobile service providers being used by unscrupulous people for illegal international telephone traffic termination.
The officers found 3,017 SIM cards from Orange, 2,678 from Airtel, 52 branded Yu cards and 80 from Safaricom.
Briefing the media Thursday, CA Chairman Ngene Gituku says at least one suspect was arrested and is helping in investigations where they get the SIM cards and the businesses they are involved in.
“The perpetrators use what is known as SIMBOX, a device that holds stacks of SIM cards on one side and is connected to the Internet on the other side. Instead of international calls coming in through the traditional international gateways, these operators receive the calls through the Internet and then using the SIMBOX, re-originate the calls through the stacks of SIM cards as if the calls are being originated by local customers,” Gituku explained.
This also means that there is a possibility for SIM cards with incorrect details to be used by malicious individuals like those used to con subscribers with cunning text messages and probably worse.