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NCC changes landline numbering format to 10-digit

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has introduced a new numbering format for landlines in Nigeria. This change is in line with the NCC's responsibilities under the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003. The new format adds a '02' prefix before existing fixed numbers, increasing the number of digits from eight to ten. As of July 2023, there were 96,771 fixed wireless and landline lines in Nigeria, as reported by the NCC.

A statement signed by Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Reuben Muoka, on Tuesday, read in part, “The Commission hereby 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 ‘02’ prefix will be operational.” Both the old and new number formats will be in use until December 31, 2023. Starting from January 1, 2024, the new fixed-lines format will be recognized across all networks. For instance, to dial the previous number 09461700, you would now dial 02094617000.

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