This statement sets out Ofcom’s decisions in relation to making additional number sub-ranges available for Premium Rate Services (‘PRS’) and modifications to the specific numbering application form used when applying for PRS numbers. It follows on from our consultation Number Availability: Supplying numbers for 09 premium rate services (-1-) published on 22 August 2007 (‘the August 2007 consultation’).
The August 2007 consultation sought views on Ofcom’s proposals to ensure the ongoing availability of numbers for PRS by the opening of two new number sub-ranges in the 09 number range. It also sought views and comments on Ofcom’s proposals to modify the application form S9 (‘the Application Form’) which is the specific application form used by communications providers (CPs) when applying for PRS number ranges.
The August 2007 consultation did not propose any changes to current policy or the established number allocation process.
To ensure the continued availability of numbers for PRS it was determined that additional resources were needed. Ofcom proposed opening up two new number ranges to supplement two of the 3-digit PRS sub-ranges, specifically:
0902 to supplement the current 0901/0900 ‘Special Services, time charged calls up to and including 60ppm and total cost not greater than £5 or fixed fee up to £1 per call’ (‘call cap’); and
0903 to supplement the current 0904/0905/0906/0911 ‘Special Services, open ended time dependent charge or fixed fee up to £1.50 (‘open ended’).
The August 2007 consultation outlined the proposed modifications needed to the Application Form to include the new number sub-ranges available for allocation.
Ofcom received 3 submissions in response to the August 2007 consultation and has considered these responses in reaching the conclusions set out in this statement. Ofcom has decided that the new sub-ranges should be made available with immediate effect and that the Application Form shall be modified as proposed.
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