OTTAWA and GATINEAU, QC, Oct. 30, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Canadian
Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced
that it will introduce a new province-wide area code in Alberta, which
is presently served by area codes 403, 587 and 780.
Starting on April 9, 2016, new telephone numbers assigned in Alberta may
be given numbers from area code 825. Existing customers will keep their
current area codes and phone numbers.
The Canadian Numbering Administrator previously informed the CRTC that
area codes 403, 587, and 780 serving Alberta are expected to run out of
telephone numbers by July 2016.
Prior to 1999, area code 403 encompassed Alberta. In January 1999, area
code 403 was split in two and the northern half of the province
received a new area code, 780. In September 2008, area code 587 was
introduced for the entire province of Alberta and 10-digit local
dialing became mandatory. By adding area codes in this manner,
subscribers could keep their current telephone numbers.
Telecom Decision CRTC 2013-574
News release: CRTC addresses telephone number shortage in Ontario and
Alberta (November 29, 2012)
Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2012-656
SOURCE: Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
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