Telephone numbers are a valuable resource, with demand significantly increasing as the country grows in terms of both population and businesses. In Qatar, CRA manages telephone numbers. The National Numbering Plan (NNP) provides the overall structure and designate different numbering levels for mobile and fixed line telecommunications services.

As part of the NNP, CRA has established a centralized Numbering Management System (NMS) to facilitate service providers, automating all the numbering resource management functions, including numbering block allocations, reservations and reporting.

The last edition of the National Numbering Plan was published in 2014. CRA revisits the plan every five years. The goal is to ensure efficient use and meet any new demand on numbers.

The updated NNP includes the following major changes:

  • Designation of new level for M2M/IoT services.
  • Updated application processes with inclusion of numbering regulations.
  • Short number designations and Plan availability in Arabic and English.