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Consultation: Clarifying how mobile numbers can be used by Communications Providers

This document proposes changes to the National Telephone Numbering Plan to clarify that 07X numbers, known as mobile numbers, are to be used for identifying mobile apparatus as the destination for electronic communications services.

Review of landline telephone services

This document sets out our conclusions for the market for standalone landline telephone services following our consultation in February.


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Statement: Automatic compensation

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 24 March 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 05 June 2017

In this statement, we set out our conclusion that there is a need for an automatic compensation scheme to protect residential consumers who suffer from certain service quality failures with their landline and/or broadband services.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/automatic-compensation

Statement: Mobile phone repeaters

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 05 April 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 06 June 2017

This document sets out proposals to allow consumers to operate two categories of mobile phone repeaters on a licence-exempt basis i.e. with no need for a licence.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/mobile-phone-repeaters

Consultation: Guidelines for Calling Line Identification Facilities

  • Consultation
  • Start: 19 September 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 14 November 2017

We're consulting on our updated guidance for communications providers on the obligation to provide Calling Line Identification (CLI) facilities.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/guidelines-for-cli-facilities

Wholesale local access market review

  • Consultation
  • Start: 31 March 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 09 June 2017

A consultation on proposals for regulation of the wholesale market – the Wholesale Local Access market - for services that use this fixed connection between the local telephony exchange to a home or business premises to deliver broadband or landlines.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/wholesale-local-access-market-review

Consumer switching: Proposals to reform switching of mobile communications services

  • Consultation
  • Start: 19 May 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 30 June 2017

This document sets out our proposals to reform the process for switching mobile provider, and to remove requirements on consumers to pay for their old service during a notice period once they have switched provider.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/consumer-switching-proposals-to-reform-switching-of-mobile-communications-services

Non-domestic rates and the price for regulated Dark Fibre

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 11 April 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 22 May 2017

This document proposes an amendment to one of the regulatory conditions imposed on BT under the April 2016 Business Connectivity Market Review.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/ndr-regulated-dark-fibre

Quality of service for WLR, MPF and GEA

  • Consultation
  • Start: 31 March 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 09 June 2017

Proposals for regulating the quality of Openreach’s services that are used by telecommunications providers to provide broadband and telephone services to customers and businesses.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/quality-of-service

Proposed Annual Plan 2017/18

  • Consultation
  • Start: 29 November 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 07 February 2017

Ofcom exists to make communications markets work for everyone. To achieve this, we are proposing three main goals: to promote competition and ensure that markets work effectively for consumers; to secure standards and improve quality; and to protect consumers from harm.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/proposed-annual-plan-2017-18

EE application for licence variations

  • Consultation
  • Start: 19 August 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 30 September 2016

This document discusses two licence variation requests from EE Limited, which would enable the use of 4G technology and support the provision of enhanced mobile communications for the emergency services.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/EE-licence-variation-1990-1920MHz

Consumer switching: Further proposals to reform switching of mobile services

  • Consultation
  • Start: 29 July 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 16 September 2016

This document sets out our view on the difficulties and costs that consumers face when they switch mobile services where they need to give notice to terminate their existing service.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/mobile-switching-jul16

Strengthening Openreach’s strategic and operational independence

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 26 July 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 04 October 2016

In February 2016, Ofcom published its initial conclusions from its Strategic Review of Digital Communications. That document set out a range of actions to make communications work for everyone.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/strengthening-openreachs-independence

Automatic Compensation

  • Consultation
  • Start: 10 June 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 22 July 2016

This document seeks views from stakeholders to help inform potential future proposals for new rules on automatic compensation.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/automatic-compensation

Consumer Switching: Proposals to reform switching of mobile communications services

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 23 March 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 01 June 2016

This document sets out our view on the harm which consumers currently experience when they switch or consider switching mobile provider.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/consumer-switching-mobile

Review of how we use our persistent misuse powers: Focus on silent and abandoned calls

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 02 December 2015
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 24 February 2016

We publish a 'general policy' on how we are likely to use our persistent misuse powers and to consider this when exercising them. We have reviewed the current policy and are now consulting on proposals to change it.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/review-of-how-we-use-persistent-misuse-powers

Review of how we use our persistent misuse powers - Focus on silent and abandoned calls

  • Consultation
  • Start: 01 October 2014
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 21 November 2014

Review of how we use our persistent misuse powers - Focus on silent and abandoned calls

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/review-persistent-misuse-powers

Consumer switching: Next steps and call for inputs

  • Consultation
  • Start: 17 July 2014
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 30 September 2014

Ofcom's proposed next steps on consumer switching. This builds on the work already under way to help consumers change landline and broadband providers with greater ease and convenience. To progress this next phase of work, Ofcom is seeking input from stakeholders to better understand the current processes used to switch providers of bundled landline, broadband and pay TV services, and mobile voice and data services. In particular, Ofcom wants to gather information on how current processes affect the consumer switching experience and competition in the market.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/consumer-switching-cfi

The 0500 Number Range

  • Consultation
  • Start: 12 December 2013
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 31 January 2014

Ofcom has today also published a second consultation relating to its proposal to withdraw the 0500 number range

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/re-consultation-0500-freephone

Statement on the processes for switching fixed voice and broadband providers on the Openreach copper network

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 08 August 2013
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 04 October 2013

Ofcom has announced new measures to help consumers change landline and broadband providers with greater ease, confidence and convenience.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/consumer-switching-review

Changes to making local calls in five area codes

  • Consultation
  • Start: 19 July 2013
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 13 September 2013

Ofcom has today proposed to change the way people dial local telephone numbers in some parts of the country, in order to free up new numbers where supplies are running low. The change would require people in five areas of the UK to include the area code when dialling a local number from a landline.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/local-area-codes

Measuring mobile voice and data quality of experience

  • Consultation
  • Start: 23 January 2013
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 01 April 2013

Ofcom has published a Call for Input seeking stakeholder views on the types of information consumers would find useful when comparing the quality of experience of using different mobile services. Publication of such information would allow consumers to make better informed purchasing decisions and therefore drive competition in the market. The information could also assist Ofcom in fulfilling its duties to report on the status of UK networks and services.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/mobile-voice-data-experience