Kazakhstan changes its telephone code

The phone code will change in Kazakhstan from +7 to +997. This was reported by the Ministry of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry of Kazakhstan.

According to the press service of the Ministry of Digital Development, instead of the telephone code +7, which is also assigned to Russia, Kazakhstan has reserved +997 in the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). A plan for the transition to a new international telephone code on communication networks has been worked out with telecom operators.

According to ITU regulations, the issue of Kazakhstan's exit from the +7 numbering zone will be worked out with the Russian Communications Administration. After the completion of the procedure, the international union will assign a new code to Kazakhstan.

According to the ministry's plans, Kazakhstan will switch to a new national code from January 2023. At the same time, from the moment of assignment, the new and old codes can be used in parallel for two years. The full transition is expected from 2025.