Oftel Rings the Changes - Again! BACK
It was just 1995 when the telephone codes last changed across the board. But despite these changes the demand for telecommunications has increased so rapidly that availability of numbers is simply running out. Prompted by this need, Oftel have devised changes that will provide an extra nine billion numbers and also make the first two digits of numbers indicative of the type of call you are making.
The full changeover is set for 22nd April 2000 but a parallel service is already up and running for national calls. Companies should be aware of the consequences the new numbers will have on their organisation and take the appropriate steps in good time for the full changeover.
A re-organisation of the UK's telephone numbering system. The first two digits of the new numbering system will be indicative of the type of call being made. The changes will also create hundreds nine billion new numbers for future use.
The new prefixes will be:
00 International codes
Who is Affected ?
If you are in one of the six geographical areas, have a mobile or pager you will be affected by these changes. And naturally you will also be affected if you are dialling into one of the changed numbers.
2. When will this Happen ?
A parallel system is already in place but this is only effective if you are making a national not local call. At present local calls using the new numbers will result in a misdirected call. The dates below indicate the key dates for the changes.
*The actual change over dates for National numbers are staggered between 5th August 2000 and 14th October 2000, dependent on the region.
3. When will this Happen ?
The new system will begin on 30th September 1999. However, existing numbers will still be accessible up to April 2001.
4. Further information regarding these and other changes is available from BT either on their web site, www.numberchange.bt.com or by contacting the BT Helpdesk on 0800 731 0202.