Safaricom to use 07 prefix in Ethiopia

20 December 2021

Safaricom will use the 07 prefix in Ethiopia

Safaricom will use the 07 prefix in Ethiopia

The Safaricom-led consortium that recently won an operating licence in Ethiopia said it will introduce the same ‘07’ mobile number prefix it deploys in Kenya when it launches in March 2022.

It is the second mobile network prefix allocated in Ethiopia after the '09' that is used by the state-owned Ethio Telecom. Safaricom officials also revealed during a briefing with journalists in Addis Ababa that the consortium which has named the new operation Safaricom Ethiopia, is now recruiting staff ahead of the operational launch.

The Safaricom-led consortium, which also includes Vodacom Group, British development finance agency CDC Group and Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation, received a telecommunication operator licence in Ethiopia in July this year.

The consortium recently appointed eight middle-level managers for its Ethiopia operation as it seeks to build a pool of staff ahead of the commercial operations next year.