Telephone numbers in Kenya

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Country Code: +254
International Call Prefix: 000
Trunk Prefix: 0

The following telephone numbers in Kenya are destination codes for international calls terminating in Kenya as well as the procedures for dialling internationally from within Kenya. Until 1999, Kenya shared its telephone numbering plan with Tanzania and Uganda, meaning that to make calls between the three countries, subscribers needed only dial the area code and number, a legacy of the East African Post and Telecommunications Corporation (EAPTC) which was dissolved in 1977. As a result of the reorganisation of Tanzania's numbering plan in that year, direct dialling was discontinued, although calls between the three countries do not require international dialling, only a special three-digit code.

Land lines[edit]

Land line phone numbers in Kenya follow the format Area Code + Phone Number. To dial a number within an Area and/or City, only the Phone Number needs to be dialled. When dialling from a different Area/City, the telephone number is dialled in the format 0 + Area Code + Phone Number. When dialling from overseas, the 0 is omitted.

List of area codes in Kenya[edit]

List of area codes
Area Area Code Area Area Code
Nairobi 20 Mombasa 41
Kwale 40 Malindi 42
Voi 43 Machakos 44
Kajiado 23 Garissa 46
Naivasha 50 Nakuru 51
Kericho 52 Eldoret 53
Kitale 54 Bungoma 55
Kakamega 56 Kisumu 57
Kisii 58 Homa Bay 59
Murang'a 60 Nyeri 61
Nanyuki 62 Meru 64
Nyahururu 65 Karuri 66
Thika 67 Embu 68
Marsabit 69 Wajir 46

Mobile phone numbers[edit]

In Kenya exists 4 mobile network operators (MNO): Safaricom, Airtel (former Zain / Celtel), Essar Telecom Kenya (yu mobile) and Telkom Kenya (Orange).[1] The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has assigned several Area Codes to each operator. All mobile Area Codes starts with the digit 7. Please note: Since April 2011 Mobile number portability (MNP) is implemented in Kenya.[2] The phone number can be ported by the customer to another operator.

Prefix Example Operator
700 +254,700 xxxxxx Safaricom
701 +254,701 xxxxxx Safaricom
702 +254,702 xxxxxx Safaricom
703 +254,703 xxxxxx Safaricom
704 +254,704 xxxxxx Safaricom
705 +254,705 xxxxxx Safaricom
706 +254,706 xxxxxx Safaricom
707 +254,707 xxxxxx Safaricom
708 +254,708 xxxxxx Safaricom
710 +254,710 xxxxxx Safaricom
711 +254,711 xxxxxx Safaricom
712 +254,712 xxxxxx Safaricom
713 +254,713 xxxxxx Safaricom
714 +254,714 xxxxxx Safaricom
715 +254,715 xxxxxx Safaricom
716 +254,716 xxxxxx Safaricom
717 +254,717 xxxxxx Safaricom
718 +254,718 xxxxxx Safaricom
719 +254,719 xxxxxx Safaricom
720 +254,720 xxxxxx Safaricom
721 +254,721 xxxxxx Safaricom
722 +254,722 xxxxxx Safaricom
723 +254,723 xxxxxx Safaricom
724 +254,724 xxxxxx Safaricom
725 +254,725 xxxxxx Safaricom
726 +254,726 xxxxxx Safaricom
727 +254,727 xxxxxx Safaricom
728 +254,728 xxxxxx Safaricom
729 +254,729 xxxxxx Safaricom
730 +254,730 xxxxxx Airtel
731 +254,731 xxxxxx Airtel
732 +254,732 xxxxxx Airtel
733 +254,733 xxxxxx Airtel
734 +254,734 xxxxxx Airtel
735 +254,735 xxxxxx Airtel
736 +254,736 xxxxxx Airtel
737 +254,737 xxxxxx Airtel
738 +254,738 xxxxxx Airtel
739 +254,739 xxxxxx Airtel
750 +254,750 xxxxxx Essar Telecom (yu)
751 +254,751 xxxxxx Essar Telecom (yu)
752 +254,752 xxxxxx Essar Telecom (yu)
753 +254,753 xxxxxx Essar Telecom (yu)
754 +254,754 xxxxxx Essar Telecom (yu)
755 +254,755 xxxxxx Essar Telecom (yu)
756 +254,756 xxxxxx Essar Telecom (yu)
770 +254,770 xxxxxx Orange
771 +254,771 xxxxxx Orange
772 +254,772 xxxxxx Orange
773 +254,773 xxxxxx Orange
774 +254,774 xxxxxx Orange
775 +254,775 xxxxxx Orange
785 +254,785 xxxxxx Airtel
786 +254,786 xxxxxx Airtel
787 +254,787 xxxxxx Airtel
788 +254,788 xxxxxx Airtel
789 +254,789 xxxxxx Airtel

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Calls to and from Tanzania and Uganda[edit]

To call Kenya from Tanzania and Uganda, subscribers must dial 005, followed by the area code and number. To call Uganda from Kenya, subscribers must dial 006, followed by the area code and number, while calls to Tanzania require the prefix 007.

International dialling[edit]

To call Kenya from other countries, subscribers must dial their international access code e.g. 00 for most European countries, and 011 from North America, followed by the country code 254. The international access code for calls from Kenya is 000.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mobile world live. "GSM Coverage Maps of Kenya". Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Balancing act africa. "Kenya launches Mobile Number Portability". Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  3. ^ SMS-Expert. "Mobile network operators and mobile numbering plan of kenya". Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  4. ^ ITU. "Telecommunication numbering plan for kenia (2010)". Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  5. ^ CCK. "Telecommunication numbering plan for Kenya (2012)". Retrieved 12 March 2014.