Numbers starting with 9 are close to saturation, so in the next few weeks they will change to 8
A fortnight of provinces will have new telephone prefixes that start with 8 in the coming weeks, because those that start with 9 are close to saturation.
Is about Alicante, AlmerÃa, Cadiz, Cantabria, Real city, Huelva, JaÃ © n, Lleida, Lugo, Madrid, Painting, Navarra, Salamanca, Sevilla Y Valencia, as reported by the National Commission for Markets and Competition (CNMC).
As it has been used for years in other provinces, the numbers may start with 8 in Madrid (prefix 815), Lugo (882), Salamanca (823) and Valencia (860).
Calls to landlines can start with 865 in Alicante; 850 in Almería; 842 in Cantabria; 826 in Ciudad Real; 848 in Navarra or 854 in Seville.
The new provincial codes that he proposes to attribute the Secretary of State for Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructures would come into force when this body approves and publishes the corresponding Resolution in the BOE.
From that moment on, the new numbering would be available for operators to request its assignment to the CNMC.
All Spanish provinces have fixed telephone numbers with 9 digits and almost all prefixes start with 9 followed by another eight digits, although it is more and more common for them to start with 8.
The CNMC values this numbering proposal after this summer it warned of the risk of exhaustion of numbers that start with 9, which are 85% occupied.