FromMichiel van der Vlist2:280/5555.0Date Write2018-06-28 15:55:28
ToTony Langdon0:0/0.0Date Arrived2018-06-28 18:10:15
SubjThe 000 country phone number hoax
Hello Tony,

On Thursday June 28 2018 13:34, you wrote to me:

TL> That was different. We could always dial the whole number, but there
TL> were still some manual exchanges back in the 1980s, which often had a
TL> long area code, then you'd have to talk to the operator on the far end
TL> to get put through to the final number. I think they were all
TL> converted to automatic by the end of the 1980s, as newer, more compact
TL> digital exchanges became available.

The Netherlands was the second country in the world to complete automatic
telephony in 1962. Switzerland was first.

TL> We only had two of those stages from memory here. The big renumber in
TL> Australia was also around 1995. In many rural areas, the old area
TL> code (minus the 0) became part of the local number, and the statewide
TL> area code (in our case, 03) was added in front, while in Melbourne,
TL> where the area code was already 03, the numbers were 1 digit short,
TL> and a "9" was inserted between the area code and the local number to
TL> bring them up to the 10 digit format.

I have gone to three renumbering operations since I came into my present house
in 1985. First I had a four digit local number. (8411). When they ran out of
numbers a couple of years later, all old numbers were prefixed with a '1' and
new numbers were issued in the 2xxxx range. So my number became 18411. The five
digit (including the leading zero) area code remained the same: 03438. So by
then I already had 10 digits. But there were still areas where the total
number of digits was nine, or even eight.

The main objective of the 1995 big renumber operation was to get more numbers.
The 06 block was reserved for mobile. Five digit (including 0) areas were
merged into four digit areas. Usually by dropping the last digit and adding
that to the subscriber number. But not always, as some digits like '1', '8' and
'9' were reserved for special services.

So my 10 digit number changed from 03438-18411 to 0343-518411. It has not
changed since then and there are no indications that it will change any time
soon. The number of fixed lines is no longer rising, so no need for extra
numbers in that area.

Hovever, after almost 25 years, the 06 block for mobile numbers seems to be
running out. I wonder how they are going to solve that. Probably by reassiging
something in the sparsely used 09 block...

MvV>> Also the international access code changed from 09 to 00 and
MvV>> servive numbers starting with 00 (operator, time, ect) were
MvV>> changed to numbers starting with 1 or 09.

TL> The service and information numbers were all organised a bit better.
TL> International dialing was always 0011, from what I can recall.

Hmm, I wonder why they hav not followed international practise and made 00 the
international access code. It seems so logical. 0 to get out of the village. 00
to get out of the country. And in future 000 to get off the planet...

MvV>> I have two "fixed" lines. One from my main ISP. It is a region
MvV>> dependant number with an area code in my region. It allows local
MvV>> dialling without the area code. The other is from a dedicated
MvV>> VOIP provioder. It is a so called region independant number.
MvV>> (quasy area code 085). It requires full 10 digit dialing, but my
MvV>> ATA takes care of dialling local numbers without area code.

TL> My VoIP has a region dependent number with the same area code as other
TL> numbers here (03), but requires the area code on outbound calls to
TL> local numbers.

Your ATA has no provisons for "translation tables"?

Here region independant numbers are increasing in popularity. Especially for
companies and institutions that operate nationaly. For end users that move
around a lot is also has advantages. No need tio change the number when moving
to another area.

TL>> So I would have to slightly tweak the translation tables, if I
TL>> started a POTS line.

MvV>> I dropped POTS over five years ago never missed it.

TL> I haven't setup POTS since coming back to BBSing.

Twenty years ago I also had a fax. I did not replace it when it broke. Didn't
miss it.

Cheers, Michiel

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