The measure to extend the number ranges nationwide was taken by initiative of the National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel).
Maria Estela Cardona, told Conatel Tiempo.hn that "migration is safe and beneficial to all fixed telephone users. Users of wireless landline phones must restart the device before use, because otherwise it will be impossible to make or receive calls."
During 2013 the number of fixed telephone lines grew faster than cell phone lines, driven by growth in the number of residential and commercial properties.
Data from the National Department of Telecommunications at the National Authority of Public Services (ASEP), reveals that in 2013 fixed lines grew by 2.9%, while mobile telephony grew by just 1.35% compared to 2012.
On April 22, landline and cellular numbers in the telephone network will have eight digits.
Beginning at midnight on April 22, landlines will add a two and cell phones an eight before the current number.
Victor Garcia, Director of Regulation and Interconnection for Claro Enitel (owned by América Móvil), told The Prensa.com.ni: "At no time will the changes affect the economy of the users of the sector, instead the benefits are more extensive because there will now be a more modern network with services such as Internet and satellite tracking through GPS, among others. The idea is to grow as the region does so that our services are competitive."