NCC Adopts New 10-digit Phone Number Format in Nigeria: The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has announced a new numbering format for fixed lines.
The Commission announced that the numbering format for fixed lines in Nigeria will now consist of 10 digits, adding the prefix “02” before the current fixed number.
According to a statement by NCC, “The Commission at this moment informs the public of the changes and 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 the “02” prefix will be operational.
“The old and new number formats can run concurrently until the cut-over date (December 31, 2023). After that (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.
“However, it is essential to note that the change only affects the Fixed Telephone Numbers. There is NO CHANGE to the existing mobile numbering format.
“The announcement is made to express a vital 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, NCC clarified.