Zambia: SMS Features and Restrictions

Zambia is a growing market for SMS in Africa and is rapidly expanding. 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. Nexmo is pleased to announce that we now have 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/restrictions of note:

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


Global SMS Features Overview (Outbound only)

Global SMS Numbers Features Overview


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