Users of cable telephony services will have to dial 9 digits, but not 6 as it is presently to make calls beginning on July 1.
According to the National Telecommunications and Informatics Regulatory Agency (NARSI), transferring to the new format is stipulated in new provisions of the National Numbering Plan adopted by the Ministry of Information Technologies and Telecommunications in November 2011.
Henceforth, a phone number will compulsory include the national prefix “0” plus code of a region plus a subscriber’s number. For example, Chisinau cable telephony users will be calling to city cable phones by 0 22+ subscriber’s number including 6 digits. Balti users will be calling within the region by dialing 0 231 + subscriber’s number of 5 digits.
During July, when subscribers will be dialing phone number in the former way, the answering machine will be informing them of the necessity to dial a respective number of 9 digits.
Ministry specialists explain the transfer to the new dialing format by a deficit in numbering resources that are provided to alternative cable telephony operators [as distinct from the national operator Moldtelecom that is a monopolist in the cable telephony market] from the digit line of “2”, and the necessity to begin distributing numbers from the “3” digit line. At the same time, transferring to a new format aims to unify the order of phone dialing in Moldova.
The NARSI said that the new way of cable phone dialing will have no impact upon actual tariffs on services of local, interurban and international phone communications. In new condition, short emergency numbers like 901 (fire station), 902 (police), 903 (medical emergency service), 904 (gas service) will remain the same, as well as dialing codes and short national numbers beginning with “1”.