Thin sim technology allowed

Ultra-thin SIM card technology is finally expected to make its debut in Kenya.

This is after the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) on Monday tacitly gave Equity Bank the green light to use the technology.

Equity Bank’s 0.1mm thin SIM cards, which are made by Taiwanese headquartered firm Taisys, can be stuck onto existing SIM cards to give handset users access to more than one network.

The bank planned rolling out the technology after it won a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) licence in April this year. However, Kenya’s biggest mobile network Safaricom opposed Equity’s planned use of the ultra-thin SIM cards on grounds of security concerns.

Updates: The tussle continues, i suspect money is now exchanging hands:

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 24 – The National Assembly committee on Energy, Communication and Information now wants the rollout of the thin SIM technology by Equity Bank halted until an independent audit on its use is conducted.