Messaging in South Africa

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Country info

CapitalPretoria
LanguageEnglish
Languages
  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • Venda
  • Zulu
  • Xhosa
  • South Ndebele
  • Swati
  • Northern Sotho
  • Sotho
  • Tswana
  • Tsonga
Pretoria timezoneGMT+2
Current time19/10 23:24
CurrencyR (ZAR)
VAT15.00%
Population58 775 022
Cellular users94 091 000
Mobile penetration160.09%
Country codeZA
Calling code+27
Mobile number portability, MNPYes
Mobile country code, MCC655
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Major mobile carriers in South Africa

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MCCMNCMCCMNCCarrierOther names
6550165501Bulk and OTP SMS on Vodacom via MessaggioVodacomVodafone
6550265502Bulk and OTP SMS on Telkom via MessaggioTelkom8ta, 8.ta, Telkom Mobile
6550665506Bulk and OTP SMS on Sentech via MessaggioSentech
6550765507Bulk and OTP SMS on Cell C via MessaggioCell CCell ©
6551065510Bulk and OTP SMS on MTN via MessaggioMTN
6551965519Bulk and OTP SMS on Rain via MessaggioRainiBurst
6554665546Bulk and OTP SMS on SMS Cellular Services via MessaggioSMS Cellular Services

MCCMNC in South Africa

65501, 65502, 65506, 65507, 65510, 65519, 65546

There are 20 MVNOs (Mobile virtual network operators) in South Africa. 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 South Africa

MCCMNCMCCMNCMVNOOther namesBase network
655Bulk and OTP SMS on Boksel via MessaggioBoksel

Bulk and OTP SMS on Vodacom via MessaggioVodacom

Bulk and OTP SMS on Cell C via MessaggioCell C

655Bulk and OTP SMS on Advinne via MessaggioAdvinne

Bulk and OTP SMS on Cell C via MessaggioCell C

655Bulk and OTP SMS on Bayede Mobile via MessaggioBayede Mobile

Bulk and OTP SMS on Cell C via MessaggioCell C

Bulk and OTP SMS on MTN via MessaggioMTN

655Bulk and OTP SMS on Clientele Mobile via MessaggioClientele Mobile

Bulk and OTP SMS on Cell C via MessaggioCell C

655Bulk and OTP SMS on Econet Wireless via MessaggioEconet WirelessCALL HOME

Bulk and OTP SMS on Cell C via MessaggioCell C

655Bulk and OTP SMS on FNB Connect via MessaggioFNB Connect Inactive.

Bulk and OTP SMS on Cell C via MessaggioCell C

655Bulk and OTP SMS on Lycamobile via MessaggioLycamobile

Bulk and OTP SMS on Cell C via MessaggioCell C

655Bulk and OTP SMS on Me&You Mobile via MessaggioMe&You Mobile

Bulk and OTP SMS on Cell C via MessaggioCell C

655Bulk and OTP SMS on MRP Mobile via MessaggioMRP Mobile

Bulk and OTP SMS on Cell C via MessaggioCell C

655Bulk and OTP SMS on Next Cellular via MessaggioNext Cellular

Bulk and OTP SMS on Cell C via MessaggioCell C

655Bulk and OTP SMS on PSB Network via MessaggioPSB Network

Bulk and OTP SMS on Cell C via MessaggioCell C

655Bulk and OTP SMS on Smartmobile via MessaggioSmartmobile Inactive.

Bulk and OTP SMS on Cell C via MessaggioCell C

655Bulk and OTP SMS on Standard Bank Mobile via MessaggioStandard Bank Mobile

Bulk and OTP SMS on Cell C via MessaggioCell C

655Bulk and OTP SMS on The Unlimited via MessaggioThe Unlimited

Bulk and OTP SMS on Cell C via MessaggioCell C

655Bulk and OTP SMS on Trace Mobile via MessaggioTrace Mobile

Bulk and OTP SMS on Cell C via MessaggioCell C

655Bulk and OTP SMS on Virgin Mobile via MessaggioVirgin Mobile

Bulk and OTP SMS on Cell C via MessaggioCell C

655Bulk and OTP SMS on Viva Mobile via MessaggioViva Mobile

Bulk and OTP SMS on Cell C via MessaggioCell C

655Bulk and OTP SMS on Afrihost via MessaggioAfrihost

Bulk and OTP SMS on MTN via MessaggioMTN

655Bulk and OTP SMS on Bayede Mobile via MessaggioBayede Mobile

Bulk and OTP SMS on MTN via MessaggioMTN

6555365553Bulk and OTP SMS on Lycamobile via MessaggioLycamobile

Bulk and OTP SMS on Cell C via MessaggioCell C

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 South Africa

MCCMNCMCCMNCCarrierOther names
6550465504Sasol
65507116550711Smartmobile

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6551165511SAPS Gauteng

Police

6551765517Sishen Iron Ore Company
6552165521Cape Town Metropolitan Council
6552465524SMS Portal

Bulk provider

6552565525Wirels Connect
6552765527A to Z Vaal Industrial Supplies
6552865528Hymax Talking Solutions
6553065530Bokamoso Consortium

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6553165531Karabo Telecoms
6553265532Ilizwi Telecommunications

website down

6553465534Bokone Telecoms
6553565535Kingdom Communications
6553665536Amatole Telecommunication
6554165541South African Police Service

Police

6555065550Ericsson South Africa
6555165551Integrat
6557565575Airport Company South Africa

Airport

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.