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CAR shifts to 8-digit phone numbers next 1 November

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APA Bangui (Central African Rep.) Telephone numbers in the Central African Republic (CAR) shift from 6 to 8 digits come 1 November 2007 at 0600 (0500 GMT), authoritative source revealed.

"The current 6-digit numbering scheme, which was introduced three decades ago, is now closed," Telecommunication Regulatory Agency (ART) marketing and public relations manager Hamadoun Diallo said.

He added that the former scheme was introduced when there was only fixed telephony with a limited number of subscribers and no competition.

"Several operators have settled in the country between 1995 and 2007, especially since the advent of mobile telephony, after the telecoms sector was liberalised," Diallo noted.

These operators offer varied services and therefore need numbering space to extend their network and cover the entire country, he argued.

"The eight-digit numbering is necessary because today we are heading to a saturation of the six-digit numbering," Diallo insisted.

He said the eight-digit numbering plan is in line with international communication norms.

"Customers simply need to adapt to the new situation," he intimated.

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