NCC ANNOUNCES CHANGE TO FIXED LINES NUMBERING FORMAT

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is set to commence a new numbering format for fixed lines by 1st of January, 2024.

This, it said, was in keeping with its responsibilities under the enabling law, the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003, to manage Nigeria’s numbering resources.

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), the United Nations arm supervising Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

In the process, 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. From January 1, 2024, the new numbering format beginning with “02” prefix will be operational.

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

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

NCC, however, emphasised that the change only affects the Fixed Telephone Numbers, adding that there is no change to the existing mobile numbering format.

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