Communication Authority of Kenya and law enforcers on Thursday arrested one person and confiscated 4 sim box gadgets in Lavingtone Nairobi .
This follows a racket the authority says has led to loss of millions of shillings in the country’s communication sector.
Speaking to the press in his Nairobi office, the commission‘ Authority s Chairman Ngene Gituku said confirmed that they confiscated the gadgets which have the capacity of holding 144 sim cards and capable of making international calls continuously.
He said the authority was tipped off by a concerned land lord in the area where they recovered 3,017 Orange sim cards ,2,678 Airtel sim cards , 52 for YU and 80 for Safaricom .
“Instead of calls getting through the traditional international gateways , these operators receive the call via internet and use the sim box, they re- originate the calls as if being originated by local customers and are used for business calls.”Gituku said
The authority indicated that the vice leads to loss of millions of shillings in mobile telephone industry through tax evasion loose of huge income and compromises quality of services.
“The one of the 680 hotel we raided last year they were making close to 38 million shillings a month if we are having such similar operators lets say ten, then you can see the amount of money mobile operators are loosing.”said Director General Francis Wangusi.
Consequently, Gituku asked local mobile operators to procure sim box detecting tools capable of detecting sim boxing activities and disconnect any one undertaking such illegal activities.