Messaging in Kenya

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Mobile operators users (Ths.)

Mobile market shares

Messaging price in Kenya

SMS Viber WhatsApp RCS
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Country info

CapitalNairobi
LanguageEnglish
Languages
  • English
  • Swahili
Nairobi timezoneGMT+3
Current time20/10 00:21
CurrencyKSh (KES)
VAT16.00%
Population47 564 296
Cellular users42 609 000
Mobile penetration89.58%
Country codeKE
Calling code+254
Mobile number portability, MNPNo
Mobile country code, MCC639
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Major mobile carriers in Kenya

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MCCMNCMCCMNCCarrierOther names
63902Bulk and OTP SMS on Safaricom via MessaggioSafaricomyu, Essar Telecom, Econet Wireless
6390163901Bulk and OTP SMS on Safaricom via MessaggioSafaricom

63903Bulk and OTP SMS on Airtel via MessaggioAirtelBharti Airtel, Celtel, Zain
6390563905Bulk and OTP SMS on Airtel via MessaggioAirtel

YuEssar; Essar Telecom; Econet Wireless, network sold to Safaricom in 2014, subscribers moved to Airtel

6390763907Bulk and OTP SMS on Telkom via MessaggioTelkomOrange

MCCMNC in Kenya

63902, 63903, 63907, 63909, 63910, 63911

There are 5 MVNOs (Mobile virtual network operators) in Kenya. Virtual operators might either obtain dedicated MCCMNC code, or just a white-label from one of the carriers, without mobile network code.
  • 2FA (Two factors authentification)
  • OTP (One time password)
  • A2P (Application to persons)
  • P2A (Persons to application)
  • RBM (Rich business messaging)
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MVNO Mobile virtual network operators in Kenya

MCCMNCMCCMNCMVNOOther namesBase network
63903016390301Bulk and OTP SMS on Equitel via MessaggioEquitel

Bulk and OTP SMS on Airtel via MessaggioAirtel

63903026390302Zioncell

Bulk and OTP SMS on Airtel via MessaggioAirtel

6390463904Mobile Pay Inactive.

Bulk and OTP SMS on Airtel via MessaggioAirtel

6390663906FinserveFinserve Africa Inactive.

Bulk and OTP SMS on Airtel via MessaggioAirtel

6390863908Bulk and OTP SMS on Sema Mobile via MessaggioSema Mobile

Bulk and OTP SMS on Airtel via MessaggioAirtel

MVNO is an addition to a regular telecom operator, which is a different on the same physical network.

The biggest difference between the different MVNOs is that they don’t have their own dedicated base stations, cell towers, or transmitters.

There are 2 different types of MVNOs: independent networks with their own network code and call routing, or a network with only a base operator SIM card with a different design.

MVNOs have their own autonomous network for sending shorter messages (including RCS and SMS), and utilize their operator’s parent network.

Users usually don’t understand the difference between MVNO and the main operator brands – they just compare the rates.

MVNO tariffs are very profitable locally, but even more expensive are the roaming tariffs that are pricier than the parent operator.

MVNOs also change brands a lot, and in the column of the “Other Names” table you’ll see the prior names of the virtual operator (if there are any).

Sometimes the operator purchases a MVNO company based solely on its network. They then merge their own brand with this new one they’ve purchased. When this happens, the MVNO no longer exists as a separator operator, and a brand-new entry is added to the MCCMNC networks that the operator has.

Obsolete, inactive and special types of mobile operators in Kenya

MCCMNCMCCMNCCarrierOther names
63903026390302Zioncell
6390863908Sema Mobile
6390963909Homeland Media Group
6391063910FaibaJamii Telecommunications
6391163911WiAfrica

MNC withdrawn

There are cases when mobile network codes are occupied not by mobile carriers, but government structures (military, railway, landline phone authorities), fixed and broadband internet providers, scientific organisations, etc. Some MCCMNCs belong to obsolete legal entities, acquired by other market players or went to bankruptcy, but codes are kept for a certain period for legacy purposes.