The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has introduced a significant change to the numbering format for fixed telephone lines (landlines) in Nigeria.
Touchaheart Nigeria reports that this move aims to modernize the existing system and improve the efficiency of fixed-line communications.
Transition to 10-Digit Format
The NCC has officially announced that the Fixed-Lines Numbering Format in Nigeria will transition from the existing eight digits to a new 10-digit format.
This change involves adding the “02” prefix before the existing fixed numbers.
Reuben Muoka, the Director of Public Affairs at NCC, made this announcement in a statement on Tuesday, September 19.
According to the statement, the NCC clarified that both old and new numbering formats will operate concurrently until the cut-over date of December 31, 2023.
Starting from January 1, 2024, the new numbering format with the “02” prefix will become fully operational.
Smooth Transition and Examples
To ensure a smooth transition, the NCC provided examples of how the new numbering format will work.
For instance, if you had a fixed number like 09461700, you will need to dial it as 02094617000 in the new format.
Similarly, for numbers in cities like Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Kano, where the current format is 014630643, 094630643, 084460643, and 064460643, respectively, the new format will be 02014630643, 02094630643, 02084460643, and 02064460643.
It’s important to note that this change only affects Fixed Telephone Numbers, and there will be no alteration to the existing mobile numbering format.
Impact on Communication
The introduction of this new numbering format reflects the NCC’s commitment to modernizing and enhancing telecommunications infrastructure in Nigeria.
With the increasing reliance on mobile phones, this change aims to streamline and improve fixed-line communications, ensuring that they remain relevant and efficient in an ever-evolving digital landscape.
What You Should Know
As of July 2023, there were approximately 96,771 fixed wireless and fixed wired (landline) lines in the country, according to data from the NCC.
This transition to a 10-digit numbering format is a significant step toward ensuring that fixed telephone lines continue to meet the communication needs of businesses and individuals in Nigeria.