10-digit local dialing becomes mandatory in Ontario's 705 region starting March 5, 2011

New area code 249 will be added on March 19

OTTAWA, Feb. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - Starting March 5, 2011, 10-digit local dialing will become mandatory in the 705 region. The transition period began on January 15, however, local calls will no longer be automatically completed if they are dialed without the 705 area code. The Telecommunications Alliance (www.dial10.ca) is advising everyone to start dialing 10-digits for all local calls now. It is also essential that all businesses and consumers reprogram their phone systems and communication devices by March 5 in order to complete their calls.

Local telecom companies indicate that 10-digit dialing is now being used by a majority of callers when making local calls in the 705 area. Any exceptions are due in part to numbers that have been stored in the memory of various communication systems and automatic dialing devices.

"We are pleased with the participation rates among residents in the 705 area. However, we must highlight the need for callers to ensure that all numbers stored in communication systems and devices, particularly in alarm systems, Internet connections and call forwarding devices, have been programmed for 10-digit dialing. This will help avoid any disruptions after the cut-off date for 7 digit dialing of March 5, 2011," stated Glenn Pilley, spokesperson for the Canadian Numbering Administrator.

New area code
Starting March 19, 2011, a new area code, 249, will be gradually introduced to the 705 region using the overlay method. This new area code will coexist with the current 705 area code and will cover the same geographic area. Customers with area code 705 numbers will keep their numbers. Numbers with the new 249 area code will only be assigned to customers for additional services on an as-needed basis. Introducing a new area code does not affect local calling areas.

The Telecommunications Alliance
The Telecommunications Alliance, whose members include Bell, Rogers and TELUS, was formed to spearhead this public awareness initiative. Interested parties can find detailed information at www.dial10.ca.


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Source: The Telecommunications Alliance

Olivier Fillion-Boutin
OPTIMUM Public Relations

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