The Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) has called for a meeting this Friday with Safaricom and Equity Bank over the use of embedded SIM cards preferred by the bank for their telecommunications and mobile banking services to be rolled out soon.
In a petition, Safaricom opposed to the move citing security concerns for mobile subscribers as using this kind of SIM card will mean that they will have to ride on the primary SIM card used by the subscriber.
According to the Business Daily, the CA will be ruling on the matter after the meeting, but not on the same day.
“The authority has held separate meetings with, Safaricom, Equity, Airtel and the thin SIM card manufacturer and the final meeting that will now bring all the parties together is set for Friday,” said Francis Wangusi, the Communications Authority of Kenya director-general in a phone interview.
In April this year, Finserve, a subsidiary of Equity was granted a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) licence together with Mobile Pay Ltd and Zioncell.
CAK has been investigating whether the use of paper-thin SIM cards poses potential security threats.
The SIM cards allows for the user to receive services from two mobile service providers simultaneously