The Communications Authority (CA) will seek expert advice from manufacturers of mobile phone SIM cards in deciding a case filed by
CA director-general Francis Wangusi said the regulator will seek to establish whether use of the ultra slim phone cards, which ride on mobile phone subscribers' primary SIM cards, poses potential security threats.
Mr Wangusi said in an interview Wednesday the CA also plans to meet with
"We have received the letter from
Equity had intended to launch the SIM technology later this month through its subsidiary Finserve.
Mr Wangusi said that it was premature to comment on whether
"It is very premature to comment on the likely decision that the authority will take," he added.
In a letter dated
The SIM card in contention is paper-thin and embedded with a chip. Users overlay it on their primary SIM card, regardless of the network, and can subsequently receive services from two mobile service providers simultaneously.
Its use means
"It is clear that with the thin SIM's capability no single operator can guarantee the privacy of communication between the handset and SIM cards," reads part of the letter signed by
"The thin SIM is designed to attack the most essential component of the SIM card," it added.
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