Vietnam to introduce new numbering plan on 1 March

2 Feb 2015

Vietnam is set to introduce a new numbering plan for landline and mobile phones on 1 March, in a move aimed at standardising existing numbers to make room for future growth, Reuters reports. Under the changes, all eleven-digit mobile numbers will be shortened to ten digits, while new fixed line area codes will be assigned to 59 of the country’s 63 provinces. ‘Over these 50 years, the environment of telecoms business and telecoms technology has changed swiftly,’ the news agency quotes Le Nam Thang, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications, as saying in a January directive announcing the changes. According to Vietnam Briefing, the old numbers will remain in operation for the next two years to give businesses time to make the switchover.