Airtel takes the lead in rolling out new mobile numbers
SEE ALSO :Airtel warns of mobile money disruptionSpeaking on the roll-out of the new prefix numbers, Airtel Kenya CEO Prasanta Das Sarma urged mobile subscribers to take advantage and be the first ones to have access to the new numbers by registering with Airtel. “We are glad to be the first telco to roll out the new prefix numbers and we urge Kenyans looking for new connections to visit any of our SIM selling outlets or Airtel shops and get their new numbers. The new Airtel numbers will be 4G enabled thus allowing customers to continue enjoying the wide array of data products and services.” Mr. Sarma said. The new prefix numbers were launched by the Communications Authority (CA) in May 2019 when the Authority’s Director General Francis Wangusi explained that the new prefix was necessitated by increased demand for SIM cards, mobile data and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, stating that the leading telecommunication companies had already been issued with five million numbers under the new prefix. The statement from CA explained that “The introduction of the new mobile numbering prefix 01 is in line with National Numbering Plan developed in 2002 by the Authority, in consultation with ICT industry operators and other stakeholders.”
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