Numbering: Structure of Australia's telephone numbering plan - Consultation paper number one
The following submissions have been received in relation to the Structure of Australia's telephone numbering plan:
- Associaton of Market and Social Research Organisations and Australian Market and Social Research Society
- Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN)
- Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association/Communications Alliance Ltd (AMTA/CA)
- Australian Private Networks
- Bob Korbel
- Communications Law Centre, UTS
- DG Evans
- Energy & Water Ombudsman Victoria
- Financial Ombudsman Service
- iinet Ltd
- Industry Number Management Services Ltd (INMS)
- John Watherston
- Nick Bishop
- Nick Partridge
- NSW Fire Brigade
- Skype Communications S.a.r.l.
- Symbio Networks
- Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO)
- Victoria Police
- Vodafone Hutchison Australia
- WA Corruption and Crime Commission
- William Tys
This paper assesses the structure of Australia's telephone numbering plan and the more than 40 types of services that it specifies in terms of:
- Simplicity and transparency.
The assessment is based on the following questions that the ACMA is asking about numbering:
- How can the Numbering Plan provide a bridge between the current communications environment, and the emerging and future communications environments which may be predominantly reliant on internet-based services and next generation networks?
- To what extent should numbers be used to achieve policy objectives or support the call routing, charging and other functions of carriage service providers?
- Recognising the increasing role that IP addresses and internet domain names will play in the supply and use of communications services and that neither follows a service-based structure, to what extent should distinctions between services in the Numbering Plan be removed or reduced to a minimum, for example, by merging some or all of today's service types into a 'general purpose' category?
Purpose of this paper
The ACMA is seeking feedback from the public on this paper to allow it to assess the degree and speed of change that is needed to support changing industry and user requirements and expectations of telecommunications numbering.
The ACMA invites written submissions from the public and industry on the matters raised in this paper both in response to specific questions raised and as otherwise considered relevant.
The close of submissions to this paper was 5.00 pm on Friday 3 December 2010.
Members of the public and industry are encouraged to make submissions by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
or by mail to:
Australian Communications and Media Authority
PO Box 13112
Melbourne, Victoria, 8010
Electronic submissions in Microsoft Word or rich text format are preferred.
Publication of submissions
In general, the ACMA publishes all submissions it receives. The ACMA prefers to receive submissions which are not claimed to be confidential. However, the ACMA accepts that a submitter may sometimes wish to provide information in confidence. In these circumstances, submitters are asked to identify the material over which confidentiality is claimed and provide a written explanation for confidentiality claims. The ACMA will consider each claim for confidentiality on a case by case basis. If the ACMA accepts a confidentiality claim, it will not publish the confidential information unless required to do so by law.
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