Russia: SMS Features and Restrictions

Nexmo's local direct connection is now live for Russia. This covers all Russian networks (under MCC 250), but excludes Kazakhstan and Abkazia.

Russia is an extremely large SMS market and filters are in place, in many cases even legitimate A2P traffic is blocked and so cheap signalling/roaming links do not deliver well and using a direct connection is imperative.



We are using Adaptive Routing throughout Russia which will ensure several routes are constantly being tested and the optimum one will be used for your traffic. Therefore occasionally your traffic will be sent over non-direct backup routes to ensure delivery at times when the direct routes are experiencing issues.

Sender ID:

As of November 1 2013, the Russian carriers are filtering traffic with numeric, shortcode and unregistered Sender IDs. Due to this filtering by Russian carriers Sender IDs will be overwritten to ensure delivery into these networks. 

For Beeline, Megafon, MTS and Motiv, alpha senders can be preregistered if your traffic volumes are above 100K SMS per month. Please get in touch with your Account Manager or email Nexmo Support to set this up.

Tele2, dynamic alpha sender IDs are supported except generic sender IDs.

Other networks do not need to be registered. SMS may be overwritten to NXSMS to ensure delivery for all networks.

If there has been no traffic for 6 months, the sender ID will be automatically deregistered.


Social invites

Social invites are forbidden by the operators and so any traffic of this type is unlikely to be delivered.


Gambling traffic is forbidden by the operators and so any traffic of this type is unlikely to be delivered.

Spam filters

Operators may block message that contains an URL as those messages are frequently classified as spam and potentially virus-sending by them.


Cyrillic and Latin symbols in combination not supported for all networks.

Other features/restrictions of note:

Delivery Receipts:
Handset delivery receipts are supported to all networks.

Kazakhstan and Abkazia:

Kazakhstan and Abkazia are not covered by our Russian routes or this article.


Global SMS Features Overview (Outbound only)

Global SMS Numbers Features Overview


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