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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 2018 as received from the mobile operators:


Country Network Code type Start Date End Date
Canada Rogers Wireless Short Code 12/11/2018 07/01/2019
Canada Telus Mobility Short Code 12/11/2018 07/01/2019
Canada CWTA Short Code 10/25/2018 07/01/2019
Namibia MTC Short Code 10/12/2018 10/01/2019
Namibia Telecom Short Code 10/12/2018 10/01/2019
South Africa CellC Short Code 14/12/2018 14/01/2019
South Africa MTN Short Code 15/12/2018 15/01/2019
South Africa Vodacom Short Code 14/12/2018 07/01/2019
South Africa Telkom Short Code 15/12/2018 11/01/2019
UK O2 Short Code 17/12/2018 04/01/2019
UK EE/Orange Short Code 14/11/2019 04/01/2019
UK EE/T-Mobile Short Code 14/11/2018 04/01/2019
UK H3G Short Code 28/11/2018 07/01/2019
USA AT&T Short Code 23/11/2018 27/11/2018
USA AT&T Short Code 22/12/2018 01/01/2019
USA Sprint Short Code 21/11/2018 01/12/2018
USA Sprint Short Code 19/12/2018 02/012019
USA Verizon Short Code 23/11/2018 27/11/2018
USA T-Mobile Short Code 23/11/2018 27/11/2018
USA T-Mobile Short Code 24/12/2018 01/01/2019
USA US Cellular Short Code 16/11/2018 27/11/2018
USA US Cellular Short Code 10/12/2018 04/01/2019

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