Ofcom has today published a consultation on proposals for the regulation of telephone numbers beginning with 070, following a review of this market.
070 numbers are designed to be used as a ‘follow me’ service, where calls are diverted from one number to another, so the person being called can keep their own number private.
Ofcom has found that 070 numbers are often mistaken for mobile numbers, which can lead to bill shock, as the costs of calling these numbers are usually much higher than they are for mobile.
Ofcom are proposing to set a cap on the wholesale charge of 070 numbers, which would be aligned with the existing regulated cap set by Ofcom for mobile numbers – currently around 0.5 pence per minute.
Today’s consultation will close on 28 February 2018.