NCC changes landline numbering format to 10-digit

NCC changes landline numbering format to 10-digit

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.”


The Nigerian Communications Commission has announced a new numbering format for fixed lines (landlines) in the country.

In the process, Nigeria’s Fixed-Lines Numbering Format has changed from eight digits to 10 digits by just adding ‘02’ prefix before existing fixed numbers, it stated.

“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 commission stressed that the numbering change will only affect fixed telephone numbers, stating that there is no change to the existing mobile numbering format (11 digits) in the country.

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