The Communications Regulatory Authority manages Qatar’s telephone numbers and implementation of the National Numbering Plan (NNP). Telephone numbers in Qatar are a valuable resource, with demand significantly increasing as the country grows both in terms of population and businesses. The NNP addresses all current telecommunications services in place and also reserves blocks of numbers for anticipated new services.
CRA has established a centralized Numbering Management System to be used by the licensed service providers, automating all the numbering resource management functions, including numbering block allocations, reservations and reporting. In 2010, we worked with licensed service providers Ooredoo (then Qtel) and Vodafone-Qatar to increase Qatar’s phone numbers from seven to eight digits.
The successful and smooth numbering change took place in July 2010 and created an additional 36 million mobile and 9 million fixed phone numbers, surpassing the highest expected demand for the coming decades.