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NCC to change fixed-line numbering format next year

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The Nigerian Communications Commission has announced that Nigeria’s fixed-line numbering format will change from eight digits to 10 digits on January 1, 2024.

The new numbering format will begin with the prefix “02” followed by the existing fixed number. For example, to dial the hitherto existing number 09461700, please dial 02094617000.

The NCC said in a statement it released that the change is consistent with the practices of the International Telecommunication Union, the United Nations arm supervising Information and Communication Technologies

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.

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“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,” the statement read

Here are some additional examples of the new numbering format:

* Lagos: 02014630643

* Abuja: 02094630643

* Port Harcourt: 02084460643

* Kano: 02064460643

The NCC said that the change only affects fixed-line numbers and there is no change to the existing mobile numbering format.

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