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NCC announces change to fixed lines numbering format

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), in keeping with its responsibilities under the enabling law, the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003, to manage Nigeria’s numbering resources, has announced a new numbering format for fixed lines.

In the process, Nigeria’s Fixed-line Numbering Format has changed from eight digits to 10 digits by just adding the “02” prefix before the existing fixed number.

The Commission hereby informs the public of the changes and also clarifies that existing numbers will continue to operate concurrently until the cut-over date of December 31, 2023. From January 1, 2024, the new numbering format beginning with the “02” prefix will be operational.

In other words, the old and new number formats are allowed to run concurrently until the cut-over date (December 31, 2023). Thereafter (from January 1, 2024), the new fixed-line format will assume full recognition across all networks.

For example, in the new order, to dial the hitherto existing number, 09461700, please dial 02094617000.

Additional examples are: Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Kano’s current number formats of 014630643, 094630643, 084460643, and 064460643 will now be 02014630643, 02094630643, 02084460643, and 02064460643, respectively, in the new numbering format.

However, it is important to note that the change only affects 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 is consistent with the practices of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations arm supervising Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).


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