Kenya’s giant mobile operator Safaricom on Tuesday announced the rollout of SIM cards with new 0110 and 0111 prefixes.
The introduction of the new prefixes comes after the phasing out of the vintage 07xx prefix. Safaricom said SIM cards with the new prefixes will be given to customers free of charge but they will be required to top up Sh50 worth of airtime to activate them.
Further to this, Safaricom also introduced a new numbering system that allows customers to choose their own phone numbers unlike in the past when SIM cards came with pre-assigned phone numbers.
“The new 0110 and 0111 prefixes alongside our new numbering system are part of our “For You” commitment to be Simple, Transparent and Honest.”
“We continue to invest in additional enhancements and services to better meet the needs of our customers as they evolve and to also provide them with even more freedom and flexibility,” said Safaricom Chief Customer Officer Sylvia Mulinge.
The Communications Authority of Kenya announced the introduction of the new prefixes in 2019 following the exhaustion of the 07XX prefix.
The roll-out of the new prefixes will expand Safaricom’s capacity, enabling it to add two million new customers to its network. The telecommunications company presently has over 34.5 million customers.