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Yemen - Premium SMS, Short Code Requirements


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



Ministry of Telecommunications & Information Technology



Yemen_mtn.jpg       MTN

MTN Group, formerly M-Cell,[1] is a South Africa-based multinational mobile telecommunications company, operating in many African, European and Middle Eastern countries. Its head office is in Johannesburg.



TeleYemen_tXt1.jpg   Tele Yemen


Telecommunications in Yemen provides information about the telephone, Internet, radio, and television infrastructure in Yemen. In 2005 TeleYemen announced it would invest in the FALCON high-capacity loop cable system, which will improve Internet access, including broadband capability, and also expand international call accessibility.



Yemen_Mobile.jpg Yemen Mobile Phone

Yemen Mobile is a CDMA 2000 network provider founded in Yemen in 2004 by the Yemen ministry of telecommunication and is considered the first CDMA network operator in the Middle East. Yemen Mobile CDMA system is based on the HUAWEI Technologies. 



Market Statistics


Yemen’s telecom sector is representative of the growth opportunities that abound in such a developing market. Fixed line subscriptions are increasing, with a penetration rate of less than 5% indicating significant room for growth. The national telecom network has been modernised, with most major and secondary cities were linked with fibre optic cable and further investments made to increase international Internet capacity. Given that over 60% of the population lives in rural areas a significant amount of fixed line investment has been in the form of wireless local loops based on a variety of technologies. Although penetration levels are low, Internet usage in Yemen is increasing. Yemen’s mobile operators have emerged as viable infrastructure-based competitors to the fixed line incumbent, TeleYemen, given the speeds offered, reach of their networks, developed product distribution channels and established customer base and brand. However without introduction of competing 3G services the capability of the mobile network operators to offer a competitive broadband product to the incumbent is limited. 


Area: Total: 527,968 sq km Land: 527,968 sq km Water: 0 sq km
Cities: Aden,Al Ghayadah, Al Hudaydah, Al Mukalla Map, Beihan, Hajjah, Ibb, Lahij, Mocha, Sa Dah Map, Sanaa, Taiz
Terrain: Narrow coastal plain backed by flat-topped hills and rugged mountains; dissected upland desert plains in center slope into the desert interior of the Arabian Peninsula
Climate: Mostly desert; hot and humid along west coast; temperate in western mountains affected by seasonal monsoon; extraordinarily hot, dry, harsh desert in east


Nationality: Noun: Yemeni(s) Adjective: Yemeni
Population: 25,338,458 (July 2013 est.)
Annual population growth rate: 2.5% (2013 est.)
Language: Arabic (official)
Flag: images.jpg


Type: Republic
Independence: 1650 (expulsion of the Portuguese)
Constitution: Previous 1996 (The Basic Law of the Sultanate of Yemen serves as the constitution); latest amended by royal decree in 2011 (2011)
Branches: Chief of state: President Abd Rabuh Mansur HADI (Field Marshal) (since 25 February 2012), Head of government: Prime Minister Muhammad Salim BA SINDWAH (since 27 November 2011)
Political parties: On 27 November 2011, Vice President HADI requested Interim Prime Minister Muhammad Salim BA SINDWAH to form a new government following the resignation of President SALIH on 24 November 2011

Suffrage: 21 years of age; universal; note - members of the military and security forces by law are not allowed to vote


Nominal GDP: $34.9 billion (2012 est.)
GDP per capita: $2,300 (2012 est.)
Annual GDP growth rate: -1% (2012 est.)
Agriculture: Grain, fruits, vegetables, pulses, qat, coffee, cotton; dairy products, livestock (sheep, goats, cattle, camels), poultry; fish
Industry: Crude oil production and petroleum refining; small-scale production of cotton textiles and leather goods; food processing; handicrafts; small aluminium products factory; cement; commercial ship repair; natural gas production
Trade: Export - China 37.2%, Thailand 15.7%, South Korea 11.4%, India 10.7%, UAE 5.5% (2012)



Market Growth

General region↓ Total number of Internet users (thousands)↓   Total population (thousands)↓ GDP per capita↓ GDP total (thousands)↓   Total number of mobile subscribers (thousands)↓
Middle East 3,691,000   24,771,809 $1,070 $58.202 billion   12,891,000
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The Yemeni Rial (sign: ﷼, code: YER) is the currency of Yemen. 

10 YER in £GBP

10 YER in $USD

10 YER 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 Yemen, however your CCF will be evaluated to ensure your service is delivering value for money and is honest and fair. You must ensure that you are displaying pricing information and customer care on your promotion. 


Messages Flow Requirements

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


Service Types

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

Most service types are allowed with the exception to Adult . You are not able to run any services that contain offensive, unsuitable and unlawful content, in particular:

(a) Unsuitable for minors

(b) Incites crime

(c) Describes unlawful sexual activity

(d) Promotes violence

(e) Causes alarm

(f) Breaches a law

(g) Breaches a code of practice


Billing Types

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


Shortcodes and Keywords

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



The current 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 Yemen via the txtNation Gateway.


Yemen 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)
  • MSISDN Pass-through

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

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