Zambia SMS Features and Restrictions


Zambia is a growing market for SMS in Africa and is expanding rapidly. The operators are filtering cheap SS7 routes and are making it more difficult to get messages delivered. Only direct routes approved by the operator are ensuring message delivery. Vonage has a direct route to all networks in Zambia via MTN Zambia.

This is now our default to all networks in Zambia (MCC=645).

Sender ID

There are no known restrictions on Sender ID to Zambia.


There are no additional content restrictions beyond those in our Acceptable Use Policy.

Other Features or Restrictions

Delivery Receipts

Delivery receipts are supported for Airtel (64501) but not for the other networks, therefore DLR latency should not be used as an accurate measure of delivery time.

Additional Information

For more information, see the following articles:

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