Mauritius’ telecoms regulator the Information and Communication Technologies Authority (ICTA) has announced that a new eight-digit mobile numbering plan came into effect in the Republic of Mauritius on 1 September 2013. According to a press release, the digit ‘5’ has been added as a prefix to all existing seven-digit mobile numbers in the country.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, public consultations for the necessity to migrate to an eight-digit mobile plan in Mauritius initially started in July 2003. However, after a request from the incumbent Mauritius Telecom, the regulator decided that implementation of the numbering plan should be delayed to 1 October 2007, although the plan was postponed on several other occasions during the ensuing years. In 2012 a consensus was reached between the MICT and the ICTA for the migration to be undertaken by 1 September 2013.