The option to choose your number is still ongoing as Safaricom rolls out new prefixes allocated by the Communication Authority of Kenya to its network. The new prefixes, the company says, will help them meet the increasing demand for their SIM cards.

Safaricom says the new phone numbers are available free of charge with customers only being required to activate their lines with a top-up of KES. 50 airtime after choosing the phone number they wish. 

This comes at a time when the company is celebrating 20 years in the business. The new numbers will be available at all Safaricom shops, dealer outlets and agents countrywide. In February 2020, the company also introduced the 0110 and 0111 prefixes, which seemingly have been sold quite quickly.

In total, Safaricom now operates the following prefixes:

  • 070X, 071X, 072X, 0740-43, 0745-46, 0748, 0757-59, 0768-69 and 079X
  • 0110, 0111
  • 0112, 0113, 0114 and 0115

With the unveiling of the new prefixes, Safaricom now has the capacity to add an extra 4 million customers to its network. Currently, the service provider has over 35 million customers, and is the biggest player in the Telecom industry.

Safaricom says that the growing demand for data has seen them introduce ‘4G for Home’ internet that consists of a 4G enabled SIM card and a 4G router that take advantage of Safaricom’s countrywide 4G+ network to provide high speed home internet in areas outside the company’s home fibre coverage. 

“20 years ago, we began Safaricom with 17,000 customers and a commitment to our community to transform lives. Our customers have grown to more than 35 million today on the back of our commitment and on our constant investment on innovation. The new phone numbers we are launching today will help meet a strong demand for our services that is especially driven by new mobile data customers,” said Peter Ndegwa, CEO, Safaricom.


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