Mateja, Leon: Bulk SMS providers for Swarmteams
- Mateja, I share a letter with links below from Leon.
Leon, I share further below research by Ricardo and Suzanne Bowen about
Bulk SMS providers in Kenya.
Thank you, Leon, Ricardo, Suzanne, Ed, Mateja! Andrius Kulikauskas,
Mateja, I think you’ll find the attached useful together with this link.
The web service summary doc is useful because it describes new
functionality that doesn’t need SMS (and its attendant costs). It can be
used in Tanzania if you can find a local bulk SMS provider so users
incur only local SMS costs or you can use the web only version via PC or
mobile phone browser.
2 of 2 File(s)
swarmtribes v2 web service summary.pdf
> further down in this thread you asked for some info on where to find a
> Bulk SMS provider in Kenya for Leon, to use for swarmteams works.
> Sorry to interrupt the thread between you and Janet.
> A few days ago, Ed Prentice sent me an email saying somebody else,
> Suzanne Bowen on facebook, was looking Bulk SMS providers in Kenya,
> and we exchanged 5 or 6 emails before noticing that neither of us was
> very clear about who kicked off the request and really wanted the
> info. Anyway, here's a copy of the Bulk SMS info below that I thought
> Ed wanted to pass on to someone. It may help Leon. Does he read this
> group? If not, could you see that he gets it please, Andrius.
> _Bulk SMS_
> Hi Ed
> your email says "Suzanne Bowen looking for a bulk SMS provider in
> Kenya, a seller of a "short code"".
> As well as MTN and Vodacom, 2 other phone companies also operate in
> Kenya; Safaricom (the most popular) and Zain (formerly Celtel).
> I looked on the Safaricom website 'products and services' section and
> it explains about Bulk SMS...
> "To provide the bulk SMS service, one has to be a licensed Premium
> Rate Service <http://www.safaricom.co.ke/index.php?id=285> Provider or
> use the services of an existing Premium Rate Service Provider. "
> That sounds like it's a government requirement, for a PRSP to be
> licensed, not a Safaricom requirement.
> The Premium Rate Services pages says...
> "Premium Rate Services (PRS) also known as Third Party Content
> Services are services that provide recorded information or live
> conversation for callers. These services are usually channeled through
> sms short codes or special numbers leased by network operators to PRS
> So, assuming Suzanne doesn't want to set up her own Premium Rate
> Services company in Kenya, she needs the services of an existing
> Premium Rate Services company. They will then lease an SMS Short Code
> for her from Safaricom (or one of the other companies).
> Bearing in mind that the vast majority of people in Kenya use
> Safaricom, and pay more (I think) for SMS sent to other networks, it
> may make most sense to lease the SMS Short Code via the PRSP from
> To find a Premium Rate Service Provider company, just do a google
> search, like this for - "Premium Rate Service Provider" site:ke
> It turns up 9 results at the moment. I'll leave it to Susan to check
> out the companies in the google results.
> I also mentioned Zain (formerly Celtel) as another phone company.
> Here's their contact page, to ask about Bulk SMS...
> Ed, I don't use Facebook myself. Could you post the info wherever it
> needs to go, to make sure it reaches Suzanne please, or email her?
> Please don't post my email address online.
> All the best.