MTN Uganda has rolled out new mobile numbers bearing the new prefix, as it races to grow its subscriber base in the increasingly competitive telecoms sector.
The move comes weeks after the Uganda Communications introduced the new numbers.
The telecom giant can now issue this range to new customers with the prefix 076 range starting from 0760 000000 to 0760 999999.
“We are now issuing new customers on the MTN Network mobile with prefix range number 0760 000000 and 0760 999999, MTN Uganda announced in a statement.
The company added the number range will enable customers to access all MTN services.
Under Section 4(g) of the Uganda Communications Act, Cap 106 Laws of Uganda, UCC is mandated to draw up, establish, amend and enforce a national numbering plan and perform block number allocations.
The move by the UCC was necessitated by exhaustion of existing prefixes including 077 and 078.
New and existing MTN customers will now be able to make a selection of their preferred numbers that are available at all MTN customer service and SIM selling outlets throughout the country.
This is the 3rd number range that MTN Uganda is getting from the telecommunication regulator, they have been using the 077 and 078 numbering ranges. The 760 –764 prefix was previously owned by iTel Limited according to UCC records. Airtel Uganda customers use the 075 and 070 that it got after the Warid Telecom acquisition. Africell and Uganda telecom use 079 and 071 respectively.