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Kyrgyzstan - Premium SMS, Short Code Requirements


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


General_information_about_the_industry.png Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Kyrgyz Republic



megacom_logo.gif  Megacom

MegaCom (CJSC "Alfa Telecom") - the wireless telecommunications market the CD company that provides cellular services in the standard GSM 900/1800. Providing coverage to 90% of the population of the country, the company serves nearly 2.5 million subscribers. MegaCom corporate clients are leading companies of the country, representatives of international organizations, government agencies and diplomatic missions.



mts_logo10-13852.gif MTS (Bitel*)

*Majority of shares for Bitel were bought by MTS

Mobile TeleSystems OJSC ("MTS") is the leading telecommunications group in Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, offering mobile and fixed voice, broadband, pay TV as well as content and entertainment services in one of the world's fastest growing regions.



Market Statistics


The telecommunications sector in Kyrgyzstan is characterised by an open market that has welcomed both foreign and domestic investors. This has been effectively done in accordance with the requirements set down by the WTO. Under the terms of the country’s accession to the WTO (which took place in 1998), full liberalisation of the telecoms market had been expected to be achieved by end-2006. According to the ITU, Kyrgyzstan had implemented full competition across all segments of its telecoms sector by 2007.



Area: Total: 199,951 sq km Land: 191,801 sq km Water: 8,150 sq km
Cities: BISHKEK (capital) 854,000 (2009)
Terrain: peaks of Tien Shan and associated valleys and basins encompass entire nation
Climate: dry continental to polar in high Tien Shan Mountains; subtropical in southwest (Fergana Valley); temperate in northern foothill zone

Nationality: Noun: Kyrgyzstani(s) Adjective: Kyrgyzstani
Population: 5,587,443 (July 2011 est.)
Annual population growth rate: 1.427% (2011 est.)
Language: Kyrgyz (official) 64.7%, Uzbek 13.6%, Russian (official) 12.5%, Dungun 1%, other 8.2% (1999 census)
Flag: Kyrgyzstan-Flag.png

Type: Republic
Independence: 31 August 1991 (from the Soviet Union)
Constitution: 27 June 2010
Branches: chief of state: President Roza OTUNBAEVA; head of government: Prime Minister Almazbek ATAMBAYEV; Deputy Prime Ministers - Shamil ATAKHANOV, Ibragim JUNUSOV; cabinet: Cabinet of Ministers proposed by the prime minister, appointed by the president; ministers in charge of defense and security, are appointed solely by the president
Political parties: Ar-Namys Party; Ata-Jurt; Ata-Meken; Butun Kyrgyzstan; Respublika; Social-Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan
Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

Nominal GDP: $12.02 billion (2010 est.)
GDP per capita: $2,200 (2010 est.)
Annual GDP growth rate: -1.4% (2010 est.)
Natural resources: abundant hydropower; significant deposits of gold and rare earth metals; locally exploitable coal, oil, and natural gas; other deposits of nepheline, mercury, bismuth, lead, and zinc
Agriculture: tobacco, cotton, potatoes, vegetables, grapes, fruits and berries; sheep, goats, cattle, wool
Industry: small machinery, textiles, food processing, cement, shoes, sawn logs, refrigerators, furniture, electric motors, gold, rare earth metals
Trade: Export - Russia 35.7%, Uzbekistan 21.9%, Kazakhstan 17.3%, China 5.4%, UAE 4.6%, Afghanistan 4.3% (2010) Import - China 61%, Russia 17.2%, Kazakhstan 5.7% (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 2194.4 41.2 5,321 $863 $4615000 84.3 3200
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The som (Kyrgyz: сом, sometimes transliterated as "sum" or "soum") is the currency of the Kyrgyz Republic in Central Asia. The currency code is KGS. The som is sub-divided into 100 tyiyn (Kyrgyz: тыйын).

100 KGS in £GBP

100 KGS in $USD

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


Service Types

- Adult content is available in the form of bikini.


Billing Types

We operate on Mobile Originated (MO) billed line on dedicated lines in the Kyrgyzstan. 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 Kyrgyzstan, we operate on a 4 digit short code for each carrier. 



The current Kyrgyzstan 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 Kyrgyzstan via the txtNation Gateway.


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

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