National Telephone Numbering Plan

BT'S RESPONSE DATED 16/5/2003 TO THE CONSULTATION BY OFTEL ON PROPOSALS TO PUBLISH A NATIONAL TELEPHONE NUMBERING PLAN, ISSUED 24 MARCH 2003


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Executive summary

BT is broadly content with the National Telephone Numbering Plan that Oftel has proposed in this Consultation.  Most of the concerns are at a level of detail rather than of principle.  Given the length and detailed nature of the document, it would have been helpful to have been given longer to examine it.  Suggested changes have been made which we hope Oftel will find helpful, though more may come to light over time. 

BT believes that the main shortcoming in the document is more the context in which it was published.  By now, BT would have expected to have a complete picture of the imminent numbering regime.  However, Oftel has yet to consult on guidance on the new numbering framework, which will cover policy and procedural matters previously covered in the Numbering Conventions and Code.  It will only be when the whole picture becomes clear that BT will know how well Oftel has succeeded in moving to the new numbering regime and the extent to which the NTNP fits the bill.


BT welcomes comments on this submission which should be sent to:

Howard Erdunast, BT Wholesale Regulatory Affairs Department, pp 500.1, Mondial House, 90-94 Upper Thames Street, London EC4R 3UB, or by e-mail to howard.erdunast@bt.com