Closure of Local Dialling

28th May 2014

Todays blog concerns a recent announcement from telecommunications body Ofcom regarding changes to local dialling for five area codes. Specifically they have announced the closure of what is known as “local dialling” for Aberdeen (01224), Bradford (01274), Brighton (01273), Middlesborough (01642) and Milton Keynes (01908) by the 1st October 2014.

In layman’s terms local dialling is the ability to call someone within the same area code without having to dial the area code itself. The decision is due to a dwindling supply of new numbers in these area codes. Ofcom consider it to be a less disruptive solution than the creation of new area codes.

Previous examples suggest that the change is unlikely to cause any significant disruption; Bournemouth (01202) closed local dialling in November 2012 with little difficulty. However as a pillar of the telecommunications industry we feel it is important to ensure our customers are aware of the change.

Full details can be found in the Ofcom statement http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/consultations/local-area-codes/summary. After the change new local numbers beginning with “0” and “1” will be released for use. We are looking forward to supplying new incredibly memorable numbers for the above area codes.

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