Geographic telephone numbers

Published: 6 September 2016
Last updated: 16 March 2023

In July 2012 Ofcom published a statement entitled Promoting efficient use of geographic telephone numbers (‘the July 2012 Statement’) (-1-) in which we set out, among other things, our decision to put in place a pilot scheme in which we will charge communications providers (‘CPs’) for geographic numbers they have been allocated in 30 area codes. The pilot scheme commences on 1 April 2013.

This document provides guidance on the administrative arrangements for the pilot scheme. It is important that all CPs which either have obtained, or intend to obtain, allocations of numbers from Ofcom in any of the area codes of the pilot scheme are aware of these arrangements. A list of the area codes included in the pilot scheme is provided at Annex 1 of this document.

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