Kenya’s second largest telco giant Airtel has unveiled the new series 0100, 0101 and 0102 phone prefix numbers to its customers. It becomes the first mobile based technology company in the country to launch phone numbers using the new prefix after the announcement was made by the industry regulator Communication Authority of Kenya (CA).
How to get phone numbers from Airtel with the new 0100, 0101 and 0102 prefix (Shika Namba)
If you are an existing Airtel customer or want to join the country’s second largest telco using the unveiled prefix numbers, you can just choose from any of its available prefixes from any outlet. According to statistics available at the country’s regulator – the communications Authority, Kenya’s internet access and mobile penetration has grown with the later surpassing the 100 percent mark
The data shows that Airtel has seen a tremendous growth in subscribers from previous 11.6million to 13.3 million, between the last two quarters. And as expected, with the unveiling of the new prefixes, demand for SIM cards to access data services is expected to skyrocket.
Speaking at the launch, Airtel Kenya CEO Prasanta Das Sarma sort to have more subscribers take advantage of the new prefixes by becoming the first ones to enjoy the new numbers by registering with Airtel.
He also acknowledged that the company was happy to be the first one in the industry to introduce the new prefixes and that Airtel was looking forward to have more Kenyans looking for new connections to visit any of their 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.
Airtel Kenya’s decision to unveil the new prefixes comes they were officially unveiled 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 communications Authority also indicated that with the unveiling of the new mobile numbering prefix 01, the move was in line with the National Numbering Plan developed in 2002 by the Authority, in consultation with ICT industry operators and other stakeholders.