NCC Approves Harmonized Short Codes for Implementation


The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), in line with its consumer-centric approach to telecom regulation has directed mobile network operators (MNOs) to commence implementation of approved harmonised short codes (HSC) for providing certain services to telecom consumers in Nigeria thereby achieving uniformity in common short codes across networks.

In a press statement made by the NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, Reuben Muoka, he explains that under the new harmonised short codes regime, 13 common short codes have been approved by the Commission. They include the following codes: 300 to be used as the harmonised code for Call Centre/Help Desk on all mobile networks; 301 for voice Mail Deposit; 302 for Voice Mail Retrieval; 303 for Borrow Services; 305 for STOP Service; 310 for Check Balance, and 311 for Credit Recharge.

Also, the common code for Data Plan across networks is now 312. In line with the new direction, 321 is for Share Services, while 323 is for Data Plan Balance. The code, 996, is now for Verification of Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Registration/NIN-SIM Linkage. The code, 2442, is retained for Do-Not-Disturb (DND) unsolicited messaging complaint management, while the common code, 3232, is also reatained for Porting Services, otherwise called Mobile Number Portability.

The old and new harmonised short codes will run concurrently up until May 17, 2023 whereby all mobile networks are expected to have fully migrated from diverse short codes to the harmonised codes. The initiative is in line with NCC’s regulatory modernisation programme to make life easier for telecom consumers, as it will be easier for Nigerians to memorise single codes for various services across all mobile networks they may be using, thereby improving consumer quality of experience (QoE).

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