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    In May 2012 The Agence de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (ARCEP), Libreville announced an update to Gabon’s telephone numbering system. The update was scheduled for June 17, 2012. Before this date fixed and mobile telephone numbers in Gabon (when dialed from abroad) had the following dialing format:

    -Fixed: xx xx xx
    -Mobile: 0x xx xx xx.

    As of June 17, 2012 both fixed and mobile numbers in Gabon have 7 digits. This change was achieved by removing the starting zero in mobile phones and adding digit 1 (one) to 6 digit fixed numbers:

    -Fixed: 1 xx xx xx
    -Mobile: x xx xx xx.

    Our page on dialing to Gabon provides up to date info.


    It looks like this change announced for 2012 was never implemented. As of today, August 27, 2019 to dial Gabon fixed and mobile numbers from abroad one should use the following dialing format: +241 followed by 8 digits, the initial digit is zero.

    A major update to this African country’s numbering plan was announced for July, 2019 and was later postponed for November. We will post these changes here.


    Gabon numbering changes – November 15, 2019

    On November 15, 2019 Gabon did finally implement an important numbering plan update. The main two changes are:

    • an extra digit was added between the initial zero and the second digit of old telephone numbers
    • the initial zero is no longer dialed when calling Gabon telephone numbers from abroad

    The main changes

    • fixed (landline) phone numbers before November 15, 2019: 01 xx xx xx become 011 xx xx xx after this date
    • mobile phone numbers changes:
      • 02 xx xx xx becomes 062 xx xx xx
      • 04 xx xx xx becomes 074 xx xx xx
      • 05 xx xx xx becomes 065 xx xx xx
      • 06 xx xx xx becomes 066 xx xx xx
      • 07 xx xx xx becomes 077 xx xx xx

    Initial zero dropped when dialing Gabon from other countries!

    When calling Gabon from abroad you no longer dial the initial zero. For example: before November 15, 2019 a typical call from the US to a Gabon landline would be dialed using: 011 241 01 xx xx xx. Currently, the new dialing sequence is: 011 241 11 xx xx xx. The initial zero is now used only to dial inside the country.

    Our page on dialing to Gabon has up to date information:

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