EDMONTON, June 14 /CNW/ - All Albertans will soon be required to dial 10
digits instead of seven when making local calls, according to a decision
announced today by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications
The CRTC has approved the industry's plan to lay a new area code, 587,
over the entire province to meet the increasing demand for phone numbers.
Because there will be two area codes covering all regions of the province,
residents and businesses will have to dial 10 digits for all local calls,
beginning September 12, 2008.
A "permissive dialing" period will be implemented to help callers get
used to dialing 10 digits for all local calls. During that period, starting
June 23 next year, callers who dial seven digits will be reminded to dial 10
The timing is the same as for the extension of the 778 area code in
British Columbia announced last week.
In the near future, all consumers in Alberta who apply for new telephone
numbers may receive them from the new area code - 587. No customers will be
required to change their existing telephone number, nor will the geographic
boundaries that govern long distance calling be affected.
The Western Telecommunications Alliance, a grouping of Canada's major
telecommunications companies, is working to inform all consumers and
businesses about the upcoming change to 10-digit dialing. In order to ensure a
seamless transition, businesses and consumers are encouraged to start making
the necessary changes right away by reprogramming various communications
systems and equipment, including telephones, wireless equipment, computers and
fax machines. They should also contact their alarm companies to ensure that
security systems are set up for 10-digit dialing.
All three-digit numbers, including 211, 311, 411, 611, and 911 emergency
service (where applicable) will remain the same.
Ten-digit dialing is becoming normal practice across North America. Many
urban centres across Canada and the United States have already adopted this
method of ensuring there are enough telephone numbers for all consumers.
About the Telecommunications Alliance
The Telecommunications Alliance is partnership between the major
telecommunications companies and industry associations across Canada. The
Alliance's mandate is to educate and inform consumers and businesses about the
implementation of 10-digit dialing.
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