10-digit local dialing - Coming soon to 418 - Businesses and consumers should start preparing now

    QUEBEC, March 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Beginning June 21, 2008, businesses and
consumers served by the 418 area code will have to dial the area code at all
times, followed by the seven-digit phone number, in order to place a local
    Ten-digit local dialing will be introduced to meet the increased demand
for new telephone numbers in the 418 region. As such, starting June 21,
10-digit dialing will become the norm throughout Québec.
    The Telecommunications Alliance, a grouping of major telecommunications
companies in Québec, will continue with its information campaign targeting
businesses and consumers to ensure a smooth transition to 10-digit dialing in
the 418 region.

    What to do

    "Businesses and consumers need to start preparing today. The programming
of systems, devices and functions that need to conform to local 10-digit
dialing can be done now," said Lucie Papineau-Pugliese, spokesperson for the
Telecommunications Alliance in Québec. "Companies that have multiple systems
and communication devices are particularly affected by these changes. As of
June 21, the transition will become problematic for those who fail to make the
necessary changes," she added.
    Consumers should also add the area code to all phone numbers stored in
their various communication devices. This applies, for example, to alarm or
security systems that must be programmed for 10-digit dialing no later than
June 21.

    The Telecommunications Alliance

    The Telecommunications Alliance includes Bell, TELUS, Vidéotron, Rogers,
Télébec, Sogetel, Fido, Allstream as well as telephone companies represented
by the Association des Compagnies de Téléphone du Québec. From now until
June 21, 2008, the Alliance will conduct an information campaign, including
advertisements in regional dailies and weeklies, on radio stations and on the
Internet. Businesses and consumers may also find detailed information on
10-digit local dialing at www.dial10.ca.

For further information:

For further information: Pierre-Luc Paquette, Optimum, Public Relations,
(514) 282-4802, Pierre-Luc.Paquette@Cossette.com; Source: L'Alliance des
télécommunicateurs du Québec

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