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Honduras - Premium SMS, Short Code Requirements


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


logoconatel.gif Comisión Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (CONATEL)

 It is a decentralized government agency that runs through the regulation and coordination, Telecommunications policy the Republic of Honduras. Their website states that their vision is:

"Promoting the development and modernization of telecommunications in Honduras, encouraging the participation of private investment in the sector, within an environment of free and fair competition, ensuring the protection of user rights and the universal." 




claro-5-logo-primary.jpg Claro

Claro is the largest mobile phone network in the Americas. The brand was launched in Honduras on September 2006 as a rebranding of the former PCS Digital, Alo, Personal and Enitel brands. Claro operates in El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua individual GSM/GPRS networks over 1900 MHz licenses. Claro Honduras launched the first UMTS 1900 MHz network in Honduras.


logo-tigo.png Tigo


TIGO was launched in Honduras in 2004, to replace the old national brand CELTEL, that had been founded on September 15, 1996, with a new international brand. TIGO Honduras, in a country of 8 million inhabitants with an 87% mobile penetration rate has a total 4.5 million users. It competes with international operators Claro (America Movil), Digicel (Digicel Group) and government owned operator Hondutel, using GSM/GPRS and UMTS (HSDPA) 3G both over 850 MHz. Now shutdown technologies include AMPS and CDMA.



Market Statistics


Consumer take-up of mobile services is a sector where there is lively competition supported by international investment and know-how. As a result, mobile penetration is about 20% above the regional average. Revenue from the mobile sector looks promising in coming years as operators invest in their networks, expanding their reach and upgrading their capabilities to accommodate mobile broadband services. Mobile data as a proportion of overall mobile revenue is likely to double in 2012, though low-end SMS services will continue to account for the bulk of data revenue for some years.



Area: Total: 112,090 sq km Land: 111,890 sq km Water: 200 sq km
Cities: TEGUCIGALPA (capital) 1 million (2009)
Terrain: Mostly mountains in interior, narrow coastal plains
Climate: Subtropical in lowlands, temperate in mountains

Nationality: Noun: Honduran(s) Adjective: Honduran
Population: 8,143,564 (July 2011 est.)
Annual population growth rate: 1.888% (2011 est.)
Language: Spanish (official), Amerindian dialects
Flag: honduras_flag.png


Type: Democratic constitutional republic
Independence: 15 September 1821 (from Spain)
Constitution: 11 January 1982, effective 20 January 1982; amended many times
Branches: Head of government and chief of state: President Porfirio LOBO Sosa; Vice President Maria Antonieta Guillen de BOGRAN; note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government; cabinet: Cabinet appointed by president
Political parties: Christian Democratic Party; Democratic Unification Party; Liberal Party; National Party; Social Democratic Innovation and Unity Party
Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

Nominal GDP: $33.63 billion (2010 est.)
GDP per capita: $4,200 (2010 est.)
Annual GDP growth rate: 2.8% (2010 est.)
Natural resources: Timber, gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, iron ore, antimony, coal, fish, hydropower
Agriculture: Bananas, coffee, citrus, corn, African palm; beef; timber; shrimp, tilapia, lobster
Industry: Sugar, coffee, woven and knit apparel, wood products, cigars
Trade: Export - US 65%, El Salvador 4.4%, Germany 4% (2010) Import - US 50.7%, Guatemala 8.2%, Mexico 5.3%, El Salvador 4.8% (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)↓
America  958.5 9.8 7,466 $4417 $33631000 103.3 103.3
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The lempiras ( /lɛmˈpɪrə/, sing: L, ISO 4217 code: HNL) is the currency of Honduras. It is subdivided into 100 centavos.

100 HNL in £GBP

100 HNL in $USD

100 HNL 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 written regulations at the time of writing for Honduras. Your CCF will be evaluated to ensure your service is delivering value for money and is honest and fair.


Messages Flow Requirements

There are currently no written regulations at the time of writing for Honduras however you should ensure that you include the following:

- Name of service

- Price

- Support information

Your CCF will be evaluated to ensure your service is delivering value for money and is honest and fair. 


Service Types

You are not able to run any services that contains offensive, unsuitable and unlawful content, in particular:

(a) regard to the contemporary attitudes, offensive

(b) unsuitable for minors

(c) incites crime

(d) describes unlawful sexual activity

(e) promotes violence

(f) causes alarm

(g) breaches a law

(h) breaches a code of practice


Billing Types

We operate on Mobile Originated (MO) billed line on dedicated lines in Honduras. Mobile Terminated (MT) is only available via dedicated codes. See forum entry "What are the SMS billing types available?" for more information on these billing types.


Available Tariffs

The only current available tariff in Honduras is 2.00 USD.

For a more up to date list of tariffs please ask your Account Manager for a Honduras Premium SMS Rate Card.


Shortcodes and Keywords

On our dedicated code in Honduras, we operate on a 4 digit shortcode for each carrier. 



The current Honduras 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 out-payment than is shown.


Dedicated Codes 

Dedicated codes are available with a 6 month 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 Honduras via the txtNation Gateway


Honduras 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 Honduras 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 Honduras of a change or update in regulations. There may be a latest version of Premium SMS, Mobile Payments or Short Code Regulations in Honduras. Please contact your account manager for more information.

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