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New Phone Numbers to Start With 01** as Government Launches New Prefix

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New Phone Numbers to Start With 01** as Government Launches New Prefix



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Communications Authority of Kenya Director General Francis Wangusi speaking to the media in a previous event

Machine to machine communication( commonly abbreviated as M2M which is the direct communication between two or more devices e.g. mobile phone to car tracking device ) and other emerging technologies were also mentioned among the reason for the launch.

After the announcement, Wangusi stated that the prefix takes effect immediately.

“Safaricom and Airtel have already been issued with two million and three million numbers respectively under this prefix,” added Wangusi.

CA revealed that the new number will have a capacity of registering over 100 million sim cards thus offering a cushion to the mobile service providers over the longevity of the prefix.

This comes after one of the local mobile companies tabled a request with the telco regulator for the new prefix as the 07** was being depleted.

When announcing their merger, Airtel Chief Executive Prasanta Sarma and Telkom’s Mugo Kibati revealed that they had sent a request with CA to review the prefix system as the 07** was almost depleted.

Reports by Nation indicated that mobile penetration in Kenya hit the 100 percent mark in 2018 thus the great demand for new sim card registrations.


An undated image of someone using a mobile phone

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