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Kazakhstan - Premium SMS,Short Code Requirement


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


gerb.gif  Ministry of Communication and Information

Ministry of Communication & Information of the Republic of Kazakhstan (hereinafter referred to as Ministry) is a central executive agency in the Republic of Kazakhstan that exercises government regulation in the fields of communication, informatization, information, archive keeping and documentation.




logo_beeline_ua.gif Beeline

Beeline (Russian: Билайн) is the trademark of the third largest Russian telecommunication operator, VimpelCom (Russian:ВымпелКом). Its headquarters are located in Moscow. Beeline's brand was designed by Wolff Olins as a re-brand for their old corporate identity, assisted by Marina Willerr.


Kcell-logo.jpg Kcell

Kcell's website states:

"GSM Kazakhstan/Kcell is affiliated to TeliaSonera, the largest Scandinavian telecommunications holding, JSC "Kazakhtelekom" JSC holds 49% of the Company's interest. Currently GSM Kazakhstan/Kcell is the cellular operator rendering services of GSM-900/1800 standard. The mission of the Company is to make cellular communication available to all citizens of Kazakhstan, generating value to the utmost extent to its subscribers and rendering services of the highest quality."


tele2_print_logo.gif   Tele2

Tele2 AB is a major European telecommunications operator, with about 15 million customers in 10 countries. It serves as a fixed-linetelephone operator, cable and Digital television provider, mobile phone operator and Internet service provider.


alltel_logo.jpg Altel  

Alltel Corporation is a wireless service provider, primarily based in the United States. Before an acquisition by Verizon Wireless, it served 34 states. After the merger, Alltel continues to serve six states, mostly in rural areas.Following the merger, Alltel is the eighth largest wireless telecommunications company in the United States, with approximately 800,000 customers.



Market Statistics


Although growth slowed significantly in 2009, Kazakhstan has been experiencing a booming telecom market that included almost 100% mobile penetration by early 2010. This has come about on the back of a growing economy and a program of positive regulatory reform in the telecom sector. Legislation adopted in 2004 laid the foundation for the liberalisation and development of the telecom sector and put an end to the monopoly enjoyed by Kazakhtelecom, the state-controlled telecom operator. The rapid and successful development of telecommunications in the country encouraged several foreign suppliers to establish a presence in this emerging market. Since 1992, international operators and manufacturers have been active in Kazakhstan in providing services and installing state-of-the-art equipment, especially as part of the country’s international telecom network.



Area: Total: 2,724,900 sq km Land: 2,699,700 sq km Water: 25,200 sq km
Cities: Almaty 1.383 million; ASTANA (capital) 650,000 (2009)
Terrain: vast flat steppe extending from the Volga in the west to the Altai Mountains in the east and from the plains of western Siberia in the north to oases and deserts of Central Asia in the south
Climate: continental, cold winters and hot summers, arid and semiarid


Nationality: Noun: Kazakhstani(s) Adjective: Kazakhstani
Population: 15,522,373 (July 2011 est.)
Annual population growth rate: 0.4% (2011 est.)
Language: Kazakh (Qazaq, state language) 64.4%, Russian 95% (2001 est.)
Flag: flag_kazakhstan.png

Type: Republic
Independence: 16 December 1991
Constitution: first post-independence constitution adopted 28 January 1993; new constitution adopted by national referendum 30 August 1995
Branches: chief of state: President Nursultan A. NAZARBAYEV; head of government: Prime Minister Karim MASIMOV; First Deputy Prime Minister Umirzak SHUKEYEV, Deputy Prime Ministers Yerbol ORYNBAYEV, Aset ISEKESHEV; cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed by the president
Political parties: Adilet; Agrarian and Industrial Union of Workers Block; Ak Zhol Party; Alga; Auyl; Azat Party; Azat NSDP; Communist Party of Kazakhstan; Communist People's Party of Kazakhstan; National Social Democratic Party; Nur Otan; Patriots' Party; Rukhaniyat
Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

Nominal GDP: $196.4 billion (2010 est.)
GDP per capita: $12,700 (2010 est.)
Annual GDP growth rate: 7% (2010 est.)
Natural resources: major deposits of petroleum, natural gas, coal, iron ore, manganese, chrome ore, nickel, cobalt, copper, molybdenum, lead, zinc, bauxite, gold, uranium
Agriculture: grain (mostly spring wheat), cotton; livestock
Industry: oil, coal, iron ore, manganese, chromite, lead, zinc, copper, titanium, bauxite, gold, silver, phosphates, sulfur, uranium, iron and steel; tractors and other agricultural machinery, electric motors, construction materials
Trade: Export - China 20.2%, Germany 9.1%, Russia 8.5%, France 7.1%, Turkey 4.5%, Canada 4.5%, Italy 4.1% (2010) Import - Russia 34.3%, China 27.7%, Germany 5.2%, Ukraine 4% (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)↓
Asia 5300 33.4 15,888 $10951 $180147000 94.4 15500
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The tenge (Kazakh: теңге, teñge) is the currency of Kazakhstan. It is divided into 100 tïın (тиын, also transliterated as tiyin or tijn). The ISO-4217 code is KZT.

1000 KZT in £GBP

1000 KZT in $USD

1000 KZT 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 regulation documents on that the time of writing considering Promotional Guidelines in Kazakhstan. Your CCF will still be evaluated to ensure your service is delivering value for money and is honest and fair.


Messages Flow Requirements

There are currently no set regulation documents on that the time of writing considering Message Flow Requirements in Kazakhstan. Your CCF will still be evaluated to ensure your service is delivering value for money and is honest and fair.


Service Types

Erotic, Pornographic and similar services are strictly forbidden in Kazakhstan.


Billing Types

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


Short codes 

On our dedicated code in Kazakhstan, we operate on a 4 digit short code for each carrier. We also supply long codes. 



The current Kazakhstan 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 Kazakhstan via the txtNation Gateway.


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

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