ACMA releases discussion paper on numbering system

Submissions close 17 February, 2012

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) released a discussion paper seeking comment on three proposed changes to Australian phone numbers.

The proposals, which are set out in the consultation paper, <i>Numbering Variation 2011: Understanding its effect on numbering</i>, are:

  • Supplement the supply of digital mobile numbers, as the current supply of numbers starting with ‘04’ may run out in 2017;
  • Supplement the supply of geographic numbers in areas where the existing supply is expected to run out within 20 years;
  • Remove geographic sectors around capital cities from the Numbering Plan.

The communications watchdog has also made changes to the Telecommunications Numbering Plan 1997¸ including the removal of six service types that are no longer required; removing unused portions of number ranges from six service types with limited use, and amending the term ‘country code’.

Australia’s numbering system is currently examined by the ACMA’s Numbering Work Program.

The deadline for submissions closes 17 February, 2012.

Last week, the Federal Government’s convergence review recommended the establishment of an independent regulator to replace the ACMA and new methods of maintaining local content.

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