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The Numbering Plan

This may be old news to some, but for others the following are the changes that you will have to make in your respective phone books, and/or in your dialling patterns during this change in the Numbering Plan. Zambia’s country code remains as 260.

  1. Mobile:

    Subscriber Number-length will take one extra digit to make total length equal to 7. Refer to examples given below, for a given subscriber number 164972, on different networks:

    OperatorNDCOld NumberNDCNew Number
    Cell Z0951649720955164972

    Note: Both the old and the new numbers will be active for a period of six months from 1st May, 2007 to 31st October, 2007. Thereafter, the old six digit numbers will be disabled.

  2. Landline:

    The Fixed-line operator, Zamtel, will now have an NDC (National Destination Code) primarily for identification purposes.

    International call to a:Current dialling patternNew dialling pattern
    Lusaka number:+260 1 246702+260 21 1 246702
    Ndola number:+260 2 620865+260 21 2 620865

    Or if calling a landline number from a mobile device:

    Mobile call to a landline number:Current dialling patternNew dialling pattern
    Lusaka number:01 246702021 1 246702
    Ndola number:02 620865021 2 620865

    Note: However, dialling from landline to landline will remain as is now. Both dialling patterns will work for the period of six months from 1st May 2007 to 31st October, 2007.

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