Australians would be able to call ‘freephone’ (18/1800) numbers from their mobile phone at no charge under a draft Australian Communications and Media Authority variation to the Telecommunications Numbering Plan 1997 (the Numbering Plan).
While calls from fixed phone services can already be made to freephone numbers at no charge, calls from mobile phones are [...]Continue Reading →
The Australian Communications and Media Authority is continuing its consultation on regulatory changes to improve the transparency and consistency of call charges to freephone (1800) and local rate (13/1300) numbers.
The changes are designed to make calls from mobiles to freephone 1800 numbers free and calls from mobiles to 13/1300 local [...]Continue Reading →
Preparations are underway to collect the 2012 annual numbering charge (ANC)—a set amount of yearly revenue from carriage service providers (CSPs) that hold telephone numbers. As has been the case since 1999, the 2012 revenue target for ANC is $60 million.
CSPs are charged for the numbers they hold (except geographic, community service, international signalling [...]Continue Reading →
Australia’s mobile numbers could run out as early as 2017. In preparation for this, the ACMA is proposing to introduce a new mobile number range beginning with ‘05’.
These ‘05’ numbers will work in exactly the same way that the current numbers do, and the change won’t affect people whose number already starts with ‘04’.
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The ACMA has released its medium to long term vision for telephone numbering arrangements in Australia in its Telephone Numbering: Future Directions (word) and (pdf) paper. The ACMA developed four principles to guide the continuing evolution of numbering regulation:
- efficiency, so that it leads to the continued supply [...] Continue Reading →
The ACMA is seeking industry comment on three proposed changes to the Numbering Plan. The ACMA proposes to:
- 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.
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Numbering, naming and addressing are intrinsic to the design of communication networks because they provide the information that enables communication users to be connected. During 2010 and 2011, the ACMA examined the arrangements for telephone numbering in response to issues raised by:
- consumers and industry
- pressures as a consequence of technical innovation
- innovation in [...]
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The ACMA has just launched a new and improved website for our fortnightly auction of smartnumbers—13, 1300 or 1800 telephone numbers. Businesses often buy smartnumbers to make their telephone numbers more memorable, either by using phonewords—for example, 13 CATS (13 2287)—or patterned numbers like 1300 222 222.
The new website, www.smartnumbers.com.au, makes it quicker [...]Continue Reading →
When the last major review of numbering arrangements took place about 30 years ago, few people could have anticipated the scope or scale of innovation in technology, nor the consequent changes in consumer behaviour.
In 2011, we accept as normal the capacity to access critical information wherever we are. Using mobile phones to make calls [...]Continue Reading →
Social networking identifiers and electronic addressing mechanisms may substitute for telephone numbers, according to a new ACMA report.
Allocation and charging of numbers, which is the third in a series of four numbering consultation papers, examines whether managing telephone numbers as a scarce resource remains efficient and effective for [...]Continue Reading →