The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced a major change to the numbering format for fixed lines.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports this is contained in a statement signed by Reuben Muoka, Director of Public Affairs at NCC.
According to the statement released on Wednesday, the change is in line with NCC keeping with its responsibilities under the enabling law, the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003 to manage Nigeria’s numbering resources
In the process, Nigeria’s Fixed-Lines Numbering Format has changed from eight digits to 10 digits by just adding “02” prefix before existing fixed number.
“The Commission hereby informs the public of the changes and also clarifies that existing numbers will continue to operate concurrently till the cut-over date of December 31, 2023. From January 1, 2024, the new numbering format beginning with “02” prefix will be operational,” the statement reads.
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.
“However, it is 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), the United Nations arm supervising Information and Communication Technologies (ICT),” the statement added.