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NCC unveils new 10-Digit format for fixed lines

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), in accordance with its mandate outlined in the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003, has introduced a significant change to Nigeria’s fixed-line numbering format.

In this transformative move, the fixed line numbering format will evolve from eight digits to a new 10-digit format, characterized by the addition of the “02” prefix before the existing fixed numbers.

The NCC is actively informing the public about these changes and wants to clarify that existing fixed numbers will continue to operate in tandem with the new format until the transition period concludes on December 31, 2023.

Starting January 1, 2024, the new numbering format, beginning with the “02” prefix, will become the exclusive standard.

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In essence, both the old and new numbering formats will coexist until the transition period’s conclusion at the end of 2023. Subsequently, from January 1, 2024, the new 10-digit fixed-lines format will gain full recognition across all networks.

To illustrate, the previous number “09461700” will now be dialed as “02094617000” in the new format. This change will apply to various regions as well, such as Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Kano.

The previous formats of “014630643,” “094630643,” “084460643,” and “064460643” will be replaced by “02014630643,” “02094630643,” “02084460643,” and “02064460643,” respectively, in the new numbering format.

It’s crucial to note that this modification solely pertains to fixed telephone numbers. There will be no alteration to the existing mobile numbering format, ensuring continuity and minimal disruption for mobile phone users.

This announcement aligns with a core responsibility of the NCC and adheres to international best practices, as recognized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations entity overseeing information and communication technologies (ICT).

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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