This could be "in less than 30 days from now", according to
"We are ready. Once we get the approval we will go live the next day, and this means giving our customers the SIM cards," managing director
"We are in 'test land'. We are satisfied with the technology and all our staff, merchants and the bank have already migrated to the SIM cards. Users don't have to go through the task of changing SIM cards, they will simply choose tariffs that favour them."
The thin SIM technology allows a slim SIM card to be pasted on another and still fit in the same SIM slot. Users can switch between the two SIM cards through an application or a USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) string.
Mwangi said the new numbers have the prefix '0763'. He however declined to disclose how much it will cost the bank to roll out the thin SIM since customers will get them for free.
"We'll treat them just like ATM cards, so you have to be our customer to get one," he said.
Equity on the other hand says using its own SIM cards will guarantee security for its bank customers as data will be encrypted. Mwangi said the thin SIM will be secured by
Regulators were expected to rule on
"The SIM card has no issue; it's competition that is an issue here. I really get frustrated by this situation.... Making rules against your competition is unfair," Mwangi said, referring to
Finserve was licensed in April alongside two others -
"We have given them licences that do not limit them in any way," CA director-general Francis Wangusi said when he officially handed over the licences.
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