NCC Introduces New Numbering Format for Lines in Nigeria

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In a recent post on X (formerly Twitter) by Bashir Ahmad, an aide to ex-President Buhari, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has unveiled a significant change to the numbering format for fixed telephone lines in Nigeria.

The NCC’s statement indicates that the existing eight-digit numbering format for fixed lines will undergo a transformation, with the introduction of a new ten-digit format. This transformation will be achieved by adding the “02” prefix before the existing fixed telephone number.

Importantly, the NCC has clarified that existing fixed telephone numbers will continue to function alongside the new numbering format until the designated cut-over date of December 31, 2023. Starting from January 1, 2024, the new numbering format, marked by the “02” prefix, will become fully operational.

For example, under the new system, if one wishes to dial the previously existing number, such as 09461700, they will now need to dial 02094617000.

To illustrate further, the current number formats for major cities like Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Kano, which were 014630643, 094630643, 084460643, and 064460643 respectively, will be modified to 02014630643, 02094630643, 02084460643, and 02064460643 respectively in accordance with the new numbering format.

It’s essential to note that this change specifically applies to fixed telephone numbers, and there will be no alteration to the existing mobile numbering format. This development is expected to have a significant impact on the telecommunications landscape in Nigeria, offering increased capacity and ensuring that the nation’s communication infrastructure remains up-to-date.

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