NCC Announces Change To Fixed Lines Numbering Format


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 a new numbering format for fixed lines.

A statement issued by the Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Reuben Muoka in Abuja on Wednesday revealed that Nigeria’s Fixed-Lines Numbering Format has changed from eight digits to ten digits by just adding the “02” prefix before the 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, 084460643 and 064460643, will now be 02014630643, 02094630643, 02084460643 and 02064460643 respectively in the new numbering format”, the statement said.

It however, informed that the change only affected the Fixed Telephone Numbers insisting that “There is NO CHANGE to the existing mobile numbering format.”

“The announcement 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)”, the statement observed.

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