WINNIPEG, Oct. 16, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Starting October 20, 2012, 10-digit dialing will become mandatory for all local calls in Manitoba which brings the three-month transition period to an end. Since July, local calls made using seven digits were interrupted by a recorded announcement before the call went through. As of this Saturday, local calls will no longer be completed without first dialing the 204 area code. The Telecommunications Alliance (www.dial10.ca) is advising everyone who has not already done so to start dialing 10-digits for all local calls. It is also essential that all businesses and consumers reprogram their phone systems and other communication devices by October 20 in order to complete their calls.
"We are pleased with the participation rates among Manitoba residents. 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, building intercoms, and call forwarding devices - have been programmed for 10-digit dialing. This will help avoid any disruptions after the cut-off date of October 20, 2012," stated Glenn Pilley, spokesperson for the Canadian Numbering Administrator.
The ever-growing popularity of new telecommunications services and changes in the competitive environment are driving demand for phone numbers in the province. 10-digit dialing is required before a new area code can be introduced to double the available phone numbers in Manitoba.
New area code 431
Starting November 3, 2012, the new area code 431 will be introduced in Manitoba. The new area code will join the current 204 area code, with no impact on existing telephone numbers - a real advantage. It is important to note that 204 numbers will continue to be assigned until the existing inventory of 204 numbers is used up. Introducing a new area code does not affect local calling areas or the way long distance calls are dialed. Special numbers like 9-1-1 will still be dialed using only three digits.
The Telecommunications Alliance
The Telecommunications Alliance, whose members include MTS, Rogers, TELUS, Bell and Westman Communications Group, was formed to spearhead this public awareness initiative. Interested parties can find more information at www.dial10.ca
SOURCE: TELECOMMUNICATIONS ALLIANCE
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