BREAKING: NCC introduces 10-digit numbering format for fixed lines

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced a new numbering format for fixed lines in Nigeria.

The new format involves changing the current eight-digit numbering system to a ten-digit one by adding the "02" prefix before the existing numbers

This change is in line with the NCC's responsibilities under the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003 to manage Nigeria's numbering resources

The new numbering format is expected to take effect from January 2024

A press release by NCC issued by its director of public affairs, Reuben Muoka, reads:

“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 new numbering format for fixed lines.

“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.”

“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, 084460643and 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, it further clarified, 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).”
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