Airtel is the second largest mobile network operator in terms of subscriber base in Kenya. Airtel trails behind Safaricom and is closely followed behind by Telkom Kenya. It is easy to distinguish which carrier a telephone number belongs to, based on its National Destination Code (NDC.)
In Kenya, 070**,071**,072**,074**,079** all belong to Safaricom. Airtel Kenya runs the 073**, 078** and part of 075** that were left behind by Essar’s Yu. Telkom Kenya runs the 077**, together with all the landline numbers like 020*** from back in the day. Equity Bank runs Equitel as a Virtual Mobile Network on Airtel’s infrastructure under the 076** NDC.
Clearly, Airtel for its size, is a little squeezed. The telco, according to a source, is getting new NDCs since they have already exhausted their 07xx prefixes. The new ones that will be allocated to Airtel are:
The new prefixes awarded to Airtel are odd since they are