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Bolivia - Shared Short Code Requirements and Restrictions


The regulations in Bolivia caters and covers all of the Mobile Payment types, that includes Premium SMS BillingStandard Rate Services and Short Codes.




Autoridad de Fiscalización y Control de Social de Telecomunicaciones y Transportes (ATT) is the regulator of Bolivia and is translated to Authority Control and Social Control of Telecommunications and Transport.

Bolivia's telecommunications and transport ministry ATT is responsible for inspecting, controlling, supervising and regulating the activities and services of the telecoms and transport industries. It contributes to sparking competition and promoting efficiency and effectiveness among regulated operators. It is also tasked with supervising users' compliance of rights and duties, thus creating spaces of participation and social control.



190x120_viva-bo.jpg Viva GSM (Nuevatel*) - Network name in txtNations system: VIVA-BO

* Was formally known as Nuevatel before it became VIVA.

In order to promote the development of telecommunications in Bolivia, VIVA began operations in late 1999, bringing the country's first GSM technology, designed to give the Bolivians the ability to communicate as never before, with the technology platform most advanced and powerful in the world.A revolution in the market that defined our corporate culture: an efficient, transparent and committed to our customers. 

Since then, VIVA has become the company's largest and fastest growing sector, consolidating the mobile network (GSM), the country's largest, with more than 1 million active subscribers, and the public telephone network and wider the greatest social impact of Bolivia. Our VIVA 45 000 points (points of public telephony) is not only where no one can reach in rural and urban areas across the country, but encourage the generation of more than 60 000 direct jobs and a similar number of indirect jobs. VIVA also competes in the long distance code 14. 



entel_logo_chico.jpg Entel - Network name in txtNations system: ENTEL-BO


Entel Empresa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones de Bolivia, it occupies a leading position in both fixed and mobile telephony, as in the various telecommunications services of added value.

Created in 1965, Entel now again a national company, after 13 years of private management.In this new framework, the state's investment and corporate profitability will help to ensure equitable access to telecommunications, fundamental human rights and the deployment of new services, delivery of economic development and national sovereignty.


tigo_logo.jpeg Tigo (Millicom International Cellular S.A.**) - Network name in txtNations system: TIGO-BO

** Tigo assets were sold to Millicom International Cellular S.A.

TIGO was launched in Bolivia on 2005, to replace the old national brand TELECEL BOLIVIA with a new international brand. TIGO Bolivia is the second mobile operator with more than 1.3 million users. It competes with international operators like Entel (Telecom Italia), and Nuevatel PCS, using technologies AMPS/TDMA (to be shut down) and GSM/GPRS both over 850 MHz. Tigo is the first company in Bolivia to provide 3G technology.



Market Statistics


One of the poorest and least developed Latin American nations, Bolivia has South America’s lowest mobile penetration and second lowest fixed-line teledensity. Mobile telephony suffers from poor quality of service and inadequate network capacity. In April 2007, the government moved to renationalize the incumbent operator, Entel, 50% owned by Telecom Italia. But negotiations between the Bolivian state and the Italian telco turned sour, leading to an impasse despite international conciliation attempts. If it gains control of Entel, the government plans to shift its focus from technological innovation to providing basic coverage in rural areas. 



Area: total: 1,098,581 sq km. Land: 1,083,301 sq km. Water: 15,280 sq km 
Cities: LA PAZ (capital) 1.642 million; Santa Cruz 1.584 million; Sucre 281,000 (2009)
Terrain: rugged Andes Mountains with a highland plateau (Altiplano), hills, lowland plains of the Amazon Basin
Climate: varies with altitude; humid and tropical to cold and semiarid



Nationality: noun: Bolivian(s) adjective: Bolivian 
Population: 10,118,683 (July 2011 est.)
Population growth rate: 1.694% (2011 est.)
Languages: Spanish (official) 60.7%, Quechua (official) 21.2%, Aymara (official) 14.6%, foreign languages 2.4%, other 1.2% (2001 census) 
Religion: Roman Catholic 95%, Protestant (Evangelical Methodist) 5%

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Type: Republic; note - the new constitution defines Bolivia as a "Social Unitarian State"
Constitution: 7 February 2009
Independence: 6 August 1825 (from Spain)
Branches: chief of state: President Juan Evo MORALES Ayma (since 22 January 2006); Vice President Alvaro GARCIA Linera (since 22 January 2006); note - the president is both chief of state and head of government head of government: President Juan Evo MORALES Ayma (since 22 January 2006); Vice President Alvaro GARCIA Linera (since 22 January 2006) cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the President. 
Political parties: Bolivia-National Convergence or PPB-CN [Manfred REYES VILLA]; Fearless Movement or MSM [Juan DE GRANADO Cosio]; Movement Toward Socialism or MAS [Juan Evo MORALES Ayma]; National Unity or UN [Samuel DORIA MEDINA Arana]; People or Gente [Roman LOAYZA]; Social Alliance or AS [Rene JOAQUINO]
Suffrage: 18 years of age, universal and compulsory



GDP: $47.88 billion (2010 est.)
GDP growth rate: 4.2% (2010 est.)
Per capita income: $4,800 (2010 est.)
Inflation rate: 7.2% (2010 est.)
Natural resources: tin, natural gas, petroleum, zinc, tungsten, antimony, silver, iron, lead, gold, timber, hydropower
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (2.9% of GDP): soybeans, coffee, coca, cotton, corn, sugarcane, rice, potatoes; timber. 
Industry (31.6% of GDP): Types - mining, smelting, petroleum, food and beverages, tobacco, handicrafts, clothing. 
Trade: Exports Brazil 41.38%, US 13.87%, Japan 5.62%, Colombia 5.32%, South Korea 4.7%, Peru 4.16% (2009)Brazil 27.12%, Argentina 15.69%, US 12.77%, Chile 9.11%, Peru 6.85% (2009)



Market Growth

  General Region↓ Total number of Internet users (thousands)↓ Internet Users per 100 inhab↓ Total population (thousands)↓ GDP per capita↓ GDP total (thousands)↓ Mobile Subscribers per 100 inhab.↓ Total number of mobile subscribers (thousands)↓
  South America 1103 11.2 9,863 275 289.696 335639629 72.5 3330
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The boliviano (sign: Bs. or Bs; code: BOB) is the currency of Bolivia. It is divided into 100 centavos.

100BOB in £GBP

100BOB in $USD

100BOB in €EUR


Approval Process

As part of the application process for a short code, you will need to complete a txtNation Customer Care Form (CCF). The typical time for service approval feedback is roughly one week. It also only takes on average one week to get live once your CCF has been approved. However if you require a dedicated keyword, it can take between one and two weeks for it to be activated.


Promotional Guidelines

There are currently no specific regulatory documents available for Bolivia however your CCF will be evaluated to ensure that your service is delivering value for money and is honest and fair. It is standard practice and there could be penalties if you don't include:

  • Price displayed in local format, e.g. Bs. x.xx + standard network rates", e.g "Text ABC to 12345. Cost: Bs.8.85 + standard network rates. - Price immediately following the short  code / keywords.
  • Price in at least 50% font size of the shortcode / keywords.
  • Service promoted by {insert your address, p.o. box numbers not allowed}.
  • "This is not a subscription service".
  • "Need help? {Insert email address} ".

However clients should still comply to any communication/telecommunication laws that is set in Bolivia.


Message Flow Requirements

There are currently no specific regulatory documents available for Bolivia - Message Flow Requirements, however your CCF will be evaluated to ensure that your service is delivering value for money and is honest and fair.


Service Types

There are currently no specific regulatory documents available for Bolivia - Service Types, however your CCF will be evaluated to ensure that your service is delivering value for money and is honest and fair.


Billing Types

We operate a One-in One-out (IO) billing line on shared lines in Bolivia. See forum entry "What are the SMS billing types available?" for more information on these billing types. 


Short Codes and Keywords

For our shared shortcodes in Bolivia, we operate on a 3 digit shortcode for each carrier, 6XX. The full short code is provided on application. Adult content is not allowed in Bolivia.



The current Bolivian rate of tax is available via Wikipedia. The out-payments on our rate cards are exclusive of VAT, so if you are VAT registered you can claim a higher outpayment than is shown.


Dedicated Codes 

Dedicated codes are not available in Bolivia on our codes. You can read more about Short Code Coverage, SMS Billing Services and Mobile Payments in Bolivia via the txtNation Gateway.


Bolivia has the following Mobile Payment options available, all of which fall under these regulations.

  • Premium SMS (P-SMS) including Short Code services

Additional options for Mobile Payments and Messaging in Bolivia include:

  • HLR Lookup
  • Bulk SMS
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