Ofcom evaluation of the 2015 pricing reforms for calls to non-geographic numbers

Ofcom evaluation of the 2015 pricing reforms for calls to non-geographic numbers

Ofcom has published an evaluation of changes it made in 2015 to the regulation of calls to non-geographic numbers.

There are two parts to the changes:

  1. making 080 numbers free from mobiles as well as landline telephones
  2. introducing a new “unbundled tariff” structure for calls to 084, 087, 09 and 118 numbers

The unbundled tariff has two separate charges:

  • an access charge from the caller’s communication provider
  • a service charge from the service provider (the company providing the service using the number (for example, a ticket booking agency or mail-order company)

The lessons Ofcom takes from this evaluation will inform Ofcom’s future policy making

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