Numbering matters affecting industry
The ACMA has received the following submissions to this discussion paper:
On 10 October 2011, the ACMA released a paper setting out its views on future arrangements for call charges to freephone and local rate numbers and announced its decision to take action on five matters which were explored through the course of the Numbering Work Program consultations and the ACMA’s Numbering Advisory Committee. The ACMA proposes to:
- Remove sectoral boundaries from geographic numbers in capital cities.
- Remove Schedule 12 in the Numbering Plan.
- Remove six service types that have no allocations and are no longer required and to remove the unused portions of number ranges from six service types with limited use.
- Amend the definition of the term ‘country code’ in the Numbering Plan dictionary
- Expand mobile number capacity
The Authority will consider these matters via two proposed variations to the Telecommunications Numbering Plan 1997.
The first variation which incorporates items 2, 3 and 4 above as well as some additional administrative matters that have been identified separately to the Numbering Work Program is detailed in the paper Numbering Variation 2011 – understanding its effect on numbering.
The second variation, incorporating items 1 and 5 as well as proposals to supplement geographic numbers will be detailed in a public discussion paper to be released in late 2011 or early 2012.
Written submissions on the matters raised in this paper are welcome.
Submissions were due by close of business on 30 November 2011.
Submissions should be sent:
by email: email@example.com
Telecommunications Licensing, Numbering and Submarine Cables Section
Australian Communications and Media Authority
PO Box 13112
Melbourne, Victoria, 8010
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The ACMA is working to enhance the effectiveness of its stakeholder consultation processes, which are an important source of evidence for its regulatory development activities. To assist stakeholders in formulating submissions to its formal, written consultation processes, it has developed Effective consultation: A guide to making a submission. This guide provides information about the ACMA's formal written public consultation processes and practical guidance on how to make a submission.