What is a network freeze period and what are the implications?

Some mobile network operators implement a year-end freeze period on the processing of applications for two-way numbers during the holiday season. This means that new applications, programme amendments, migrations, and the issuing of short codes and some long numbers are placed on hold, temporarily. You are still able to submit your applications during this time, but processing will only take place once the freeze period has ended.

The table below lists the freeze periods for 2020 as received from the mobile operators:

 

Country Network Code type Start Date End Date Last day of submissions
Canada Rogers Wireless Short Code TBC TBC TBC
Canada Telus Mobility Short Code TBC TBC TBC
Canada CWTA Short Code TBC TBC TBC
Namibia MTC Short Code 10/12/2020 11/01/2021 04/12/2020
Namibia Telecom Short Code TBC TBC TBC
South Africa CellC Short Code 15/12/2020 30/12/2020 04/12/2020
South Africa MTN Short Code 11/12/2020 10/01/2021 27/11/2020
South Africa Vodacom Short Code 11/12/2020 06/01/2021 04/12/2020
South Africa Telkom Short Code 11/12/2020 11/01/2021 03/12/2020
UK O2 Short Code 14/12/2020 04/01/2021 N/A
UK EE/Orange Short Code 25/11/2020 04/01/2021 11/11/2020
UK EE/T-Mobile Short Code 25/11/2020 04/01/2021 11/11/2020
UK 3 Short Code 25/11/2020 04/01/2021 14/12/2020
UK Vodafone Short Code 25/11/2020 04/01/2021 N/A
UK O2 Short Code 14/12/2020 04/01/2021 N/A
USA AT&T Short Code 19/12/2020 02/01/2021 N/A
USA Sprint Short Code TBC TBC N/A
USA Verizon Short Code TBC TBC TBC
USA T-Mobile Short Code 25/12/2020 01/01/2021 N/A
Nigeria Airtel USSD TBC TBC TBC
Nigeria MTN USSD TBC TBC TBC
Nigeria GLO USSD TBC TBC TBC
Nigeria 9Mobile USSD TBC TBC TBC

 

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