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Review of the Numbering Plan and associated instruments

We want to amend the Numbering Plan before it sunsets to make it fit for purpose in the changing telecommunications environment.

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    Consultation opens

    03 Jun 2024
  • 2

    Consultation closes

    01 Jul 2024

Key documents

The issue

The Telecommunications Numbering Plan 2015 specifies the rules for the allocation, transfer, surrender, portability and use of different types of numbers in connection with carriage services. These rules are supported by a range of industry codes and guidelines, and contractual arrangements between telcos. 

The Numbering Plan and 2 associated determinations are due to sunset on 1 April 2025. This provides an opportunity to amend the legislation to promote effective and efficient numbering arrangements in the changing telco environment. 

This discussion paper focuses on issues identified in an earlier scoping exercise with stakeholders, including:

  • incorporating technical innovations such as VoIP and IoT
  • clarifying rules around numbering use 
  • updating number types to better reflect contemporary usage
  • changing rules for smartnumbers
  • introducing new number ranges where supply is running out.

Have your say

We invite comment on the specific questions set out in this paper or other issues relevant to the Numbering Plan sunsetting.

Make a submission

Use the ‘Make a submission’ button at the top of this page to upload your submission. 

Details for submissions by post are in the consultation paper.

Publication of submissions

Submissions will be published after this consultation has closed. Read more about publication of submissions.

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