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February 15, 2013

Wireless Fixed Telephone Lines: Change to 8 Digits September 1, 2013

The Information and Communication Technologies Authority (ICTA) said in a document dated 11 February 2013 that the wireless fixed telephone lines will increase to eight digits 1 September 2013 at 00:00 at the same time that the mobile phone lines.

This decision was made partly because these two types of telephone lines use the same GSM network. These include landlines to wireless MTML (Mahanagar Telephone Mauritius Limited) and Emtel under the name of Home and Office.

Recall that is the number 5 which will be added at the beginning of the existing phone numbers. For example, a number such as 701 xxxx 5701 xxxx become. Once the transition to eight-digit number when a caller dial without adding 5, it will hear this message: "Please note que le number you wish to call HAS migrated to eight digits, try again by dialing '5 'before the number ".

ICTA also emphasizes that it will cover the costs of public information, even if it invites operators to implement communication campaigns at their own expense. According to the Executive Director of the ICTA, Krishna Oolun, thanks to the eight-digit dialing, users can benefit from a mobile phone number for life, without the risk of disabling even if they do not use their number for several months.

President of ICTA, Trilock Dwarka, had, for his part, stressed that the transition to eight-digit numbering for mobile phones, provide a potential reservoir of 100 million numbers and will support innovation in the sector mobile phone. The date of transition to eight-digit telephone numbers of fixed lines connected to the network of copper wire Mauritius Telecom is still not known.

 

Text by Patrice Donzelot, Defi Media
 

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