Telephone numbers in Eswatini

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Eswatini telephone numbers
Location
CountryEswatini
ContinentAfrica
Access codes
Country calling code+268
International call prefix00
Trunk prefixn/a

Eswatini, then known as Swaziland, was allocated the country code +268 by the International Telecommunication Union, in the late 1960s.[1] To call a telephone number in Eswatini, the following format is used:

yy xx xxxx
calls from within Eswatini
+268 yy xx xxxx
calls from outside Eswatini

List of allocations[edit]

List of allocations[2]
NDC (National Destination Code)
or leading digits of
NSN (National Significant Number)
NSN number length Usage of E.164 number
22 8 Geographic number Fixed line EPTC Shiselweni region
23 8 Geographic number Fixed line EPTC Lubombo region
24 8 Geographic number Fixed line EPTC Hhohho region
25 8 Geographic number Fixed line EPTC Manzini region
76 8 Non-geographic GSM MTN Eswatini -
77 8 Non-geographic CDMA EPTC -
78 8 Non-geographic Mobile GSM MTN Eswatini -
79 8 Non-geographic Mobile GSM Eswatini Mobile -

Changes as of March 2010[edit]

Subscriber numbers were extended by a digit with '2' prepended to fixed numbers and '7' to mobile/GSM numbers.[3] [4]

Expanded mobile numbers (+268 6xxxxxx) took effect 1 March 2010. Old dialling format was allowed until the mandatory date of 1 June 2010.

Fixed numbers were expanded on 1 February 2011, postponed from the previously scheduled 1 August 2010, with mandatory use on 1 May 2011 (previously scheduled 1 November 2010).

List of changes
Old format New format Service/region Effective Mandatory
+268 2xxxxxx +268 22xxxxxx Shiselweni 1 Feb 2011 1 May 2011
+268 3xxxxxx +268 23xxxxxx Lubombo 1 Feb 2011 1 May 2011
+268 4xxxxxx +268 24xxxxxx Hhohho 1 Feb 2011 1 May 2011
+268 5xxxxxx +268 25xxxxxx Manzini 1 Feb 2011 1 May 2011
+268 6xxxxxx +268 76xxxxxx mobile (GSM) 1 Mar 2010 1 Jun 2010

List of prefixes in Eswatini[edit]

LIST OF PREFIXES
Area/City Prefix
Bhunya 2452 2453
Big Bend 2363 2364
Hlathikulu 2217
Hluthi 2227
Lobamba 2416
Ludzeludze 2548
Mahamba 2237
Mahwalala 2472
Malkerns 2528
Mankayane 2538
Manzini 2505 2506
Maphiveni 2373
Matsapha 2517 2518
Mbabane 2404 2405 2406
Mhlambanyatsi 2467
Mhlume 2312 2313
Mpaka 2333
Ngwenya 2442
Nhlangano 2207
Nsoko 2303
Pigg's Peak 2437
Sidwashini 2422
Simunye 2382 2383
Siphocosini 2482
Siphofaneni 2344
Siteki 2343
Tshaneni 2322 2323

Calls to and from neighbouring countries[edit]

Until the 1990s, Swaziland was integrated into the South African telephone numbering plan; calls from South Africa to Swaziland were made using the code 0194.[5] Calls to South Africa from Swaziland, however, required the use of the regional code 07.[6] Calls to Lesotho were similarly made using the regional code 05 while those to Mozambique were made using the code 06.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ White Book, Volume 2, Part 1, International Telegraph and Telephone Consultative Committee, International Telecommunication Union, 1969, page 29
  2. ^ International Numbering Resources: National Numbering Plans: Eswatini, ITU-T
  3. ^ EPTC eight-digit numbers launched next month, Fanyana Mabuza, The Swazi Observer, January 4, 2011
  4. ^ "Eswantini 2010 expansion". www.wtng.info.
  5. ^ Pretoria Telephone Directory, Department of Posts and Telecommunications, 1991, page 21
  6. ^ Swaziland Telephone Directory, Department of Posts and Telecommunications, 1986, page A-8
  7. ^ Swaziland Telephone Directory, Department of Posts and Telecommunications, 1990, page c