PTS numbering proposals envisage eradicating local area codes

13 Feb 2014

Swedish telecoms regulator PTS has issued a consultation paper to market participants on future plans for the national telephone numbering scheme, including long-term proposals to remove geographical local area codes in Sweden so that mobile and fixed telephony services share the same number ranges, while in the short-term the watchdog proposes a level of geographical portability for fixed phone service. The PTS document states that the Swedish telephone numbering structure is outdated, and could in some cases prevent the development of new services, and the agency therefore proposes changes to meet users’ demand for mobility and flexibility. Industry players have until 12 March 2014 to respond to the consultation.

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