Australia - Regulatory Environment - Numbering Issues


This report has been archived. Numbering issues centre on national numbering plans, which in Australia is the responsibility of the Australian Communications Authority (ACA). This report overviews the Australian numbering plan and number portability, both for fixed network numbers – local, national rates, premium rate and freephone – and mobile numbers. New developments in relation to Short Message Service (SMS) are giving a commercial edge to this topic. In addition, a brief introduction to number management by parties other than the ACA and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is provided.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Changes new phone number prefixes
  • 3. VoIP Numbering
  • 4. Do Not Call Register
  • 5. National numbering plan
    • 5.1 Emergency numbers
    • 5.2 Numbers for security (1345)
  • 6. National rate numbers
    • 6.1 Smartnumbers auctions
    • 6.2 $1.2M for a 1300 number
  • 7. ENUM
    • 7.1 Electronic NUmber Mapping
    • 7.2 Trials commenced in 2005
  • 8. SMS numbering
    • 8.1 Premium Rate SMS
  • 9. Data network access service number portability
    • 9.1 Discussion report 2004
    • 9.2 ACCC expresses reservations
  • 10. Universal Personal Telecommunications (UPT)
  • 11. Portability of numbers
    • 11.1 Overview
    • 11.2 Policy directions
    • 11.3 Locational portability
    • 11.4 National rate, premium rate and free phone numbers
    • 11.5 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • 11.5.1 Formal warning issued to Vodafone – December 2004
      • 11.5.2 One million numbers ported by 2003
      • 11.5.3 Mobile number portability for SMS
    • 11.6 Local Number Portability (LNP)
  • 12. Changes of numbers
  • 13. Numbering management
    • 13.1 INMS system
    • 13.2 Integrated Public Number Database (IPND)
    • 13.3 ACA standard for IPND
  • 14. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Telephone numbers
  • Exhibit 1 – AusRegistry
  • Exhibit 2 – Services investigated for number portability

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Last updated 2 Jun 2008
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