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New series of mobile number introduced in Kenya

Posted on: 2nd May 2019

CA Director General Mr. Francis Wangusi addressing the media during the press conference when the Authority announced the introduction of a the new series of mobile numbers to be used in the country. On his right is the Director Consumer and Public Affairs Mr. Christopher Wambua and on the right Director Licensing Compliance and Standards Mr. Christopher Kemei

Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has rolled out a new mobile number prefix, expanding the existing number range to meet the increasing demand for cellular phone services in the market. The introduction of the new mobile number prefix 01 is in line with the Authority’s mandate for managing the country’s numbering resources.

The new series, beginning with 01xxx (e.g. 0100 123455, 0111 4444555 etc) introduced in the Kenyan market, is in addition to the 07xxx series (e.g. 0781 000000 etc.) that is already in use. The exhaustion of the 07xxx series coupled with increased demand for SIM card, mobile data and Machine-to- Machine (M2M) communications has necessitated the introduction of the new series.

In his statement on the release of the new series, CA Director General Mr. Francis W. Wangusi said, “I wish to assure consumers that introduction of new series of mobile number prefix will have no cost implications on the consumer but will encourage more innovations and investments in the sector, particularly with the proliferation of new technologies that are widening the horizon for new and innovative services.”

Following their application, Mobile network operators, Safaricom and Airtel have already been issued with 2 million and 3 million numbers, respectively. It is therefore expected that the new subscriber numbers will be available for use by consumers under the new prefix.

“Consumers need to be aware of the new mobile number prefix so that whenever they receive calls issued out under the new prefixes they understand that these are local numbers,” added Mr. Wangusi.

The Authority will continue monitoring the ongoing demand for telecommunications numbers as the market develops, especially with the launch of services relying on the Internet of Things and other emerging 5G mobile services, to ensure optimal use of the numbering resources in Kenya.

The detailed statement is available here.

More information on Kenya’s Numbering plan is available via the link:   https://ca.go.ke/industry/numbering/national-numbering-plan/  .

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