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Tunisia - Premium SMS, Short Code Requirements


The regulations in Tunisia caters and covers all of the Mobile Payment types, that includes Premium SMS BillingStandard Rate ServicesShort Codes, WAP Billing and Operator Billing.


intlogo0606.jpg Instance Nationale des Telecommunications (INTT)

The National Telecommunications (INT) is a specialized agency created by Article 63 of Law No. 2001-01 of January 15, 2001, promulgating the Telecommunications Code, as amended and supplemented by Law No. 2002-46 of May 7, 2002 and Law No. 2008-01 of January 08, 2008. It has legal personality and financial autonomy and has an administrative and financial organization flexible and responsive to its mission of regulating the telecommunications sector.




Ooredoo Tunisia is a private telecommunications company in Tunisia. Set up with capital of 330 million Tunisian dinars, it was founded on 11 May 2002.

Ooredoo Tunisia started commercial operations on 27 December. Six months later, its mobile phone network covered 60% of the Tunisian population.

Ooredoo Tunisia, as of June 30, 2006, had more than 2.5 million subscribers and has now more than 5 million subscribers. As of 2005, the network covered 99% of the population. In early-2006, Ooredoo Tunisia launched GPRS and EDGE on the Tunisian market. Tunisiana changed its branding to Ooredoo Tunisia on 24 April 2014.



Tunisie Telecom

Tunisie Telecom ( اتصالات تونس ) is the trade name of the operator 's historic telecommunications in Tunisia. The law establishing the National Telecommunications, whose trade name is Tunisie Telecom , was promulgated on 17 April 1995 and comes into force on 1st  January 1996. Became a limited company of public law late in 2002 , he changed his legal status, by a decree of 5 April 2004 , to become a limited company called "Tunisie Telecom".



Market Statistics


Tunisia has developed a diverse, market-oriented economy and saw only a mild drop of GDP growth in 2009 as a result of the global economic crisis, after which annual growth will return to pre-crisis levels of between 4% and 6%. As a result of heavy investments in the telecom sector since the mid-1990s, Tunisia has one of the most developed telecommunications infrastructures in Northern Africa and sports some of the continent’s highest market penetration rates. Offering a full range of services, Tunisie Telecom is the country’s fixed-line incumbent. The company was partly privatised in 2006 when a 35% stake was sold to Dubai-based Tecom and DIG. It also operates a mobile network under the name Tunicell.



Area: Total: 163,610 sq km Land: 155,360 sq km Water: 8,250 sq km
Cities: TUNIS (capital) 759,000 (2009)
Terrain: Mountains in north; hot, dry central plain; semiarid south merges into the Sahara
Climate: Temperate in north with mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers; desert in south

Nationality: Noun: Tunisian(s) Adjective: Tunisian
Population: 10,629,186 (July 2011 est.)
Annual population growth rate: 0.978% (2011 est.)
Language: Arabic (official, one of the languages of commerce), French (commerce)
Flag: flag.jpg

Type: Republic
Independence: 20 March 1956 (from France)
Constitution: 1 June 1959; amended 1988, 2002
Branches: chief of state: Interim President Fouad M'BAZAA; head of government: Prime Minister Beji CAID ESSEBSI; cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed by the president;
Political parties: al-Nahda (Renaissance); Congress for the Republic; Democratic Forum for Labor and Liberties; Et-Tajdid Movement; Green Party for Progress; Liberal Social Party; Movement of Socialist Democrats; Popular Unity Party; Progressive Democratic Party; Unionist Democratic Union
Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

Nominal GDP: $100 billion (2010 est.)
GDP per capita: $9,400 (2010 est.)
Annual GDP growth rate: 3.7% (2010 est.)
Natural resources: petroleum, phosphates, iron ore, lead, zinc, salt
Agriculture: olives, olive oil, grain, tomatoes, citrus fruit, sugar beets, dates, almonds; beef, dairy products
Industry: petroleum, mining (particularly phosphate and iron ore), tourism, textiles, footwear, agribusiness, beverages
Trade: Export - France 26.5%, Italy 17.4%, Germany 9.6%, Libya 6.2%, UK 5.6%, Spain 4.2% (2010) Import - France 20.4%, Italy 20.2%, Germany 9.1%, Spain 5.2%, China 4.5% (2010)



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 subscibers per 100 inhab.↓ Total number of mobile subscribers (thousands)↓
Middle East 10486 33.5 10,432 $4,106.74 $43684000 93.5 11200
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The dinar (Arabic: دينار‎, ISO 4217 currency code: TND) is the currency of Tunisia. It is subdivided into 1000 milim or millimes (مليم).

100 TND in £GBP

100 TND in $USD

100 TND 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).


Promotional Guidelines

There are currently no set regulations at the time of writing in Tunisia, however your CCF will be evaluated to ensure your service is delivering value for money and is honest and fair. You should ensure that pricing and support is included on your promotion.


Messages Flow Requirements

There are currently no set regulations at the time of writing in Tunisia, however your CCF will be evaluate to ensure your service is delivering value for money and is honest and fair.


Service Types

Subscription services are not available in Tunisia as we are on an MO billed line.

There are currently no set regulations at the time of writing in Tunisia, however your CCF will be evaluated to ensure your service is delivering value for money and is honest and fair.


Billing Types

We operate on Mobile Originated (MO) billed line on dedicated lines in the Tunisia. See forum entry "What are the SMS billing types available?" for more information on these billing types.


Short codes and Keywords

On our dedicated code in Tunisia, we operate on a 5 digit short code for each carrier. Adult content is not available.



The current Tunisia 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 available with a 2 - 5 week lead time depending on carrier availability, the carriers approve based on their backlog, the time of year, price point and service type. You can read more about Short Code Coverage, SMS Billing Services and Mobile Payments in Tunisia via the mBILL site.


Tunisia has the following Mobile Payment options available, all of which fall under these regulations:

  • Premium SMS (P-SMS) including Short Code services
  • Operator Billing (Direct-to-bill)
  • WAP Billing
  • MSISDN Pass-through

Additional options for Mobile Payments and Messaging in Tunisia include:

  • HLR Lookup
  • Bulk SMS

Note: This page is updated as frequently as possible when we are informed from the regulators or mobile operators in Tunisia of a change or update in regulations. There may be a latest version of Premium SMS, Mobile Payments or Short Code Regulations in Tunisia. Please contact your account manager for more information.

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