OTTAWA and GATINEAU, QC, Oct. 30, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian
Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced
that it will introduce a new area code in southwestern Ontario.
Starting on June 4, 2015, new telephone numbers assigned in the 226 and
519 regions may be given area code 548. Existing customers will keep
their current area codes and phone numbers.
The Canadian Numbering Administrator previously informed the CRTC that
area codes 226 and 519 serving southwestern Ontario are expected to run
out of telephone numbers by September 2015.
Introduced in 1953, the 519 area code covers most of southwestern
Ontario, including such cities as London, Sarnia, Kitchener-Waterloo
and Brantford. In October 2006, the 226 area code was added to the area
served by area code 519, which required the introduction of mandatory
10-digit local dialing. By adding area codes in this manner,
subscribers could keep their current telephone numbers.
Telecom Decision CRTC 2013-575
News release: CRTC addresses telephone number shortage in Ontario and
Alberta (November 29, 2012)
Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2012-655
SOURCE: Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
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