Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has allocated 382.94 million new telephone numbers for telecommunications operators across the country.
This was contained in NCC’s national numbering plan (NNP) for the first quarter (Q1 2021) released on Friday.
The commission assigned the numbers to 34 licensed telecom operators, adding that the numbering plan is used to allocate a unique national number to each subscriber connected to the national telephone system.
According to NCC, the purpose of NNP is to set up a uniform numbering scheme and the associated dialling procedures to be used in the network to allow subscribers and operators set up calls.
The telecom operators assigned with national and state licences are: 101 Communications, 21st Century Technologies, Airtel, Airworld Technologies, Alpha Technologies, Big Picture, Broadbased Communications, CallMe.
They also include: Cedarview Communications, Cyberspace, 9mobile, FNL Engineering, Glo Mobile, Globacom, GTS InfoTel Nigeria, Inq Digital, Intercellular, Interra Networks, iPNX.
Others are: MTN (formerly Visafone, fixed and mobile lines), MYD Technologies, NATCOM Dev. & Inv., Reston Communication Services, Skyway Technology & Services, Smile, Swift, Spectranet, Telvida International Systems, Tizeti, TNT Global Technologies, Trucall Solutions, Vezeti Services.
The states and cities where these telephone lines would be used by the operators include Lagos, Abuja, Abeokuta, Warri, Kaduna, Kano, Port Harcourt, Uyo, Ijebu-Ode, Benin, Asaba, Zaria, Ibadan, Onitsha, Akwa, Aba, Owerri.
Others are: Minna, Maiduguri, Enugu, Calabar, Umuahia, Ilorin, Abakaliki, Agbor, Katsina, Yenagoa, and Lafia.
A 100 million new lines were assigned to Airtel to be used nationally and 50 million new numbers were assigned to 9Mobile nationally as well.
For Globacom, NCC allocated 46,000 new telephone numbers, while Glo mobile, a subsidiary of Globacom, was given 70 million new lines for nationwide use.
MTN (mobile lines) was assigned 123 million new telephone numbers for national use, while MTN (formerly Visafone) was given 9.05 million new numbers for different states, and MTN (fixed lines) had 25,000 lines. (The Cable)