Somaliland: Telesom Adds Digits to its Cell Phone Numbers


By: Yusuf M Hasan

HARGEISA (Somalilandsun) – Recent rumours that Telesom Company is to add new  digits for its cell phone numbers came true.

An SMS message received by Somalilandsun and presumably to all subscribers at around 4.20am (GMT+3) the telecommunication company informed that it has added new digits for cell phone users with immediate effect.

The SMS message Announcement in the local vernacular read

Quote- We hereby informs all our customers that Telesom Company has added digits codes 63 for mobile users thus while ringing abroad for example 00252-63-4046848.

For local calls the new format is 063-4046848 while landline calls remain the same-Unquote,

True to its words the new codes took effect immediately thus callers using the old numbers were prompted to add the new 063 digits thus all incoming and outgoing calls, usual 4415871 now showed 0634415871.

While the company is yet to release an official statement as per the new developments reliable source indicate that the ministry of posts and telecommunications in conjunction with Telesom shall hold a press conference at the ministry’s headquarters in Hargeisa on 9th May at around 10 am in order to shed light.

Though the new digits are not harmful in anyway speculation is rife as per connection with those used by Golis in Somalia which are very similar.