Telephone numbers in East Timor

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East Timor telephone numbers
Location
Country East Timor
Continent Asia
Typeclosed
Access codes
Country calling code +670
International call prefix 00
Trunk prefix none

Until September 1999, East Timor formed part of the Indonesian numbering plan, using the country code +62, followed by area codes for the two largest cities, Dili (390) [1] and Baucau (399). [2] Following the violence in the wake of Indonesia's departure from the territory, most of the telecommunications infrastructure was destroyed, and Telkom Indonesia withdrew its services from East Timor.

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In the interim, the code +672, used by the Australian External Territories, was used to reach numbers in the territory. [3] Originally, the +672 code had been allocated to the then Portuguese Timor, before its invasion and occupation in 1975. [4]

A new country code, +670, was allocated to East Timor, but international access often remained severely limited. A complicating factor is that 670 was previously used by the Northern Marianas, with many carriers not aware that the code is now used by East Timor, and that the Northern Marianas, now part of the North American Numbering Plan, use the code 1 and the area code 670 instead, although calls to the Northern Marianas from the US are billed as calls to East Timor. [5]

East Timor now has a closed numbering plan; all fixed line subscribers' numbers are seven digits, while mobile phone subscribers' numbers are now eight digits, with a '7' being added to the old seven-digit number. [6]

Telephone numbering in East Timor is as follows:

Area codes in East Timor

List of area codes [7]
Area codeArea
Western Region
21X XXXXManufahi
22X XXXXCova Lima
23X XXXXBobonaro
24X XXXXAinaro
25X XXXXOecusse
Central Region
31X XXXXDili (reserve)
32X XXXXDili (reserve)
33X XXXXDili (initial)
36X XXXXLiquiçá
37X XXXXAileu
38X XXXXErmera
Eastern Region
41X XXXXBaucau
42X XXXXManatuto
43X XXXXViqueque
44X XXXXLautém


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References

  1. Travel Indonesia, Volume 16, 1994, page 46
  2. The Official Catholic Directory for the Year of Our Lord, Part 2, 1999, page 72
  3. Telstra is reconnecting East Timor to the world, Telstra, 21 February 2000
  4. White Book, Volume 2, Part 1, International Telegraph and Telephone Consultative Committee, International Telecommunication Union, 1969, page 30
  5. Saipan is not in East Timor, The Saipan Blog, December 15, 2010
  6. Timor Telecom
  7. http://www.itu.int/oth/T02020000D0/en