CA Halts Issuance of Bill Numbers to Unlicensed Betting Firms

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Communications Authority orders mobile operators to stop issuance of ICT platforms, services to unlicensed betting and gaming firms

The Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) has directed Mobile Network Operators to discontinue the issuance of licensed ICT platforms and services to betting companies that have not renewed licenses for the fiscal year 2022/23.

In a circular, CA Director General Ezra Chiloba said the directive is in line with the relevant license conditions on the provision of the licensed services.

“To ensure that these communications services are used within the remits of the regulatory framework, the authority directs operators that the use of licensed ICT platforms and services for provision of betting and gambling services shall only be by firms duly licensed by Betting Control and Licensing Board.”

“Additionally, the MNOs shall be required to provide returns to the BCLB and the Authority detailing numbering resources (USSDs, shortcodes, and Pay Bill numbers) allocated to licensed betting and gambling service providers every month,” said Chiloba.

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