Ofcom today confirmed that it will make two new pan-European 116 numbers available in the UK.
The two numbers are:
Ofcom will use a selection process to choose the most appropriate service provider to use these numbers, advised by an independent Government panel.
The next stage is for potential relevant service providers to express their interest in using these numbers by 1st October 2010.
Allocating numbers of social value
The two 116 numbers have been made available by the European Commission as part of its aim for certain services of social value to be contactable by the same memorable number in all Member States.
Every year Ofcom allocates millions of telephone numbers to communications providers for homes, businesses and organisations to use. Ofcom's role is to ensure the best use is made of the UK's finite telephone number resource.
In October last year, Ofcom selected the organisations to provide services on the first three 116 numbers: Missing People (116 000), NSPCC (116 111) and Samaritans (116 123).
Ofcom’s statement on making these two new numbers available for allocation in the UK can be found at http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/consultations/harmonised_eu_numbers/.
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