NCC Changes Nigeria Fixed Telephone Numbers Code Numbering To 10 Digits Against the previous 8 digits
As announced by the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) Which happens to be the independent regulatory authority for the telecommunication industry in West Africa Nigeria
The body (NCC) has changed Nigeria’s Fixed Phone Lines (Not Nigeria Mobile Phone Code) numbering format to 10 digits against the previous 8 digits
Also announced to Nigerian Network carriers that the 8 digits will cease being operational by December 31, 2023
The Commission said Nigeria’s Fixed-Lines Numbering Format has changed from eight digits to 10 digits by just adding the “02” prefix before the existing fixed number.
According to a statement by NCC officials, “The Commission hereby informs the general public of the changes and also clarifies that existing numbers will continue to operate concurrently till the cut-off date being December 31, 2023.
Henfort from January 1, 2024, the new numbering format beginning with the “02” prefix will be operational across Nigeria states
In other words, the old and new number formats are allowed to run concurrently till the cut-over date (December 31, 2023).
Thereafter (from January 1, 2024), the new fixed-lines format will assume full recognition across all networks. FOR FIXED LINES ONLY, while the old 8-digit will stop operating
“For example, in the new order of fixed line, to dial the hitherto existing number, 09461700, please dial 02094617000. These are sample numbers please don’t call any of the numbers
Additional examples are across Nigeria’s top states: For Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Kano’s current fixed number format of 014630643, 094630643, 084460643, and 064460643, will now be 02014630643, 02094630643, 02084460643 and 02064460643 respectively in the new numbering format.
However, it is also important to note that the change only affects the Fixed Telephone Numbers. There is NO CHANGE to the existing mobile numbering format.
“The announcement is made to give expression to a key responsibility of the NCC and it is consistent with the practices of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
While it was said that, the United Nations arm supervising Information and Communication Technologies, ICT, NCC clarified that the commission changed Nigeria’s Fixed Telephone Numbers
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No one knows if the previous 8 digits fixed telephone lines will be redirected to the new 10 digits, as most users who have the previous 8 digits
Have also massively distributed the 8-digit numbers across their customers, friends, and family, which failure to add redirect may affect hundreds to thousands of businesses using Nigeria fixed phone lines across Nigeria’s top states
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