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Mobile phone digits to become seven

By Vision Reporter

Added 28th July 2005 03:00 AM

BY November, every mobile phone subscriber will have to dial an extra digit in addition to the six digits to make a call, a Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) official has said.

BY November, every mobile phone subscriber will have to dial an extra digit in addition to the six digits to make a call, a Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) official has said.

By Joshua Lubandi
and Emmy Olaki


BY November, every mobile phone subscriber will have to dial an extra digit in addition to the six digits to make a call, a Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) official has said.

Fred Otunnu, UCC’s corporate affairs manager, said this week that the three mobile phone firms would add a digit on all telephone lines, making them seven.

This excludes the network codes.
He said, “Instead of introducing new network codes, we have added a digit to accommodate the increasing customer base.”

Otunnu said a uniform digit, 2, will be added to all mobile phone lines but more than one digit will be added to some fixed lines depending on the area’s network code.

“If a number is 071 875238, the new number will be 071 2875238,” a statement from UCC said.

He said the decision to change the codes was reached after consulting network operators and subscribers countrywide.
For the fixed lines, the changes will start in February 2006.

The plan will not be implemented until the public is adequately sensitised.

Mobile phone digits to become seven

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