The country code: 254 (followed by 20 for Nairobi, 41 for Mombassa and 51 for Nakuru). International calls can usually be made directly but in some rural areas, international calls are diverted through the operator. Public telephones work with coins or with phone cards (which may be purchased from post offices or from international call services in major towns); coin-operated phone booths are painted red, card-operated booths are painted blue. Major hotels also offer an international phone service, but they usually charge up to 100% more. In larger towns, private telecommunication centers offer international services. For local calls, it is useful to have plenty of small change available.
However, Mobile telephones roaming agreement exist with international mobile phone companies. The main network providers are Celtel (website: www.celtel.com), which has extensive coverage in the southwest, around the coast and Mombassa, and Safari COM (website: www.safaricom.co.ke), with coverage in from Mombassa to Nairobi and in the southeast. Local SIM cards and top-up cards are available to buy everywhere. There are also internet cafes in cities and Hotels.
Post offices are identified by Telkom Kenya (Kenya Posts & Telecommunications Corporation). Post boxes are red. Stamps can usually be bought at post offices, stationers, souvenir shops and hotels. Airmail to Western Europe takes up to four days, and the service is generally reliable. If you are sending parcels out of the country the contents must be inspected and the parcel wrapped (in brown paper and string) at the post office. The post office works from Monday- Friday 0800-1700, Saturday 0900-1200.
Televisions are good media communication tools that entertain, show live visual pictures and matter to the public and the State-owned Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) has channels in English and Swahili, Kenya Television Network (the first TV station to break the state broadcasting monopoly; its now operated by a standard Group.NTV is a Nairobi- based station operated by the Nation Media group, and other private channels include Nairobi-based station citizen TV and family TV
Radios; Kenya is also blessed with radio stations like Kenya broadcasting Corporation(KBC) which is a state owned with language based net work in English and Swahili and 15 indigenous languages.
Metro FM is a national music-based station operated by KBC.
Capital FM and Kiss FM are music stations.
Radio Citizen is a private station with wide coverage, which also operates Kikuyu-language Inooro FM and Luo-language.
Full-time FM relays of the BBC World Service are on the air in Nairobi, Mombassa and Kisumu, and some BBC program s are also rebroadcast by private Kameme FM.
The Voice of America and Radio France International are relayed on FM in Nairobi and Mombassa.