Telephone numbers in Macau

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Macau maintains its own telephone numbering plan during both Portuguese and Chinese administration. Calls to mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Portugal are international.

Country Code: +853
International Call Prefix: 00
Trunk Prefix: none
Area Code: not used

Government regulator[edit]

Prior to 1999 telephone regulation was under the Direcção dos Serviços de Correios e Telecomunicações (CTT) or Posts, Telegraphs and Telephones under the Secretary for Transport and Public Works.

Since 1999 telephone numbers are under the responsibility of the Direcção dos Serviços de Regulação de Telecomunicações (DSRT) or Bureau of Telecommunications Regulation under the Secretariat for Transport and Public Works.

Number patterns[edit]

  • Residential/Business/Government - 28xx xxxx
  • Cellular - 6xxx xxxx

Telecom operators[edit]

  • (Fixed line and mobile/GSM) – Companhia Telecomunicações de Macau, S.A.R.L. (CTM)
  • (Mobile/GSM) – Hutchison Telephone (Macau) Co. Ltd
  • (Mobile/GSM) – SmarTone Mobile Communications (Macau) Co. Ltd
  • (Mobile/CDMA) – China Telecom (Macau) Co. Ltd

Placing international calls[edit]

The alternative shortcut way to dial Hong Kong numbers is shown as follows:

  • Hong Kong: In addition to 00852, calling Hong Kong can also be achieved by 01 followed by the called party's number.

Emergency services and other special numbers[edit]

Same as Hong Kong, the telephone number for emergency services – Police, Fire Service and Ambulance – is 999.

  • 318 – alternate to 999
  • 110 – for tourist in Mainland China
  • 112 – for other tourist, mainly from Asia

Some special numbers are 3-digit or 4-digit.

See also[edit]