The Communications Authority of Kenya on Tuesday released a new mobile numbering prefix 01xxx in addition to the currently existing 07xxx.
According to CA Director General Francis Wangusi, the new prefix – which is expected to take effect immediately – was necessitated by increased demand for SIM cards, mobile data and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications.
Mr. Wangusi, in a statement to newsrooms, said leading telecommunication giants Safaricom and Airtel had already been issued with 2 million and 3 million numbers respectively under the new prefix.
“The introduction of the new mobile numbering prefix 01 is inline with National Numbering Plan developed in 2002 by the Authority, in consultation with ICT industry operators and other stakeholders,” read the statement.
“In addition to the development of the National Numbering Plan, the Authority also has put in place procedures and guidelines proper management of the numbering resources such as the online platform to ease of application for numbers.”
The Authority further advised consumers to be aware of the new mobile number prefix so that whenever they receive calls they understand that they are local numbers.
They also added that the new prefix will have no cost implications on the consumer but that it will encourage more innovations and investments in the telecommunications sector.
The 01xxx prefix, like the 07xxx prefix, will also have a total of 100 million numbers.
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