Posted on 02/11/2016
At the end of last week, Ofcom published a consultation regarding the efficient use of geographic numbers. You can find the consultation here.
The proposal is to continue (and slightly expand) the scheme, which has been running in pilot since 2013, for charging for geographic number block allocations in areas where availability is low. The pilot was introduced to encourage CPs to return unused blocks which would help avoid introducing customer affecting measures, such as closing local dialling or adding overlay codes.
Of the 610 area codes, currently 30 are subject to this charging and the proposal is to take 7 off the list and add 21 new ones. You can find a list of the affected codes on pages 51-53, in Annex Two of the consultation.
The charge is 10p per number per year and the average CP holding in each area is c950.
Whilst Ofcom’s impact assessment states that the pilot has shown no disruptive impact on CPs over the last 3 years, please do let me know if you have any issues with the scheme or concerns about it continuation.
The consultation closes on 9 December.