Ofcom administers this national numbering resource, including geographic numbers, fixedline numbers that begin with the digits 01 and 02, and seeks to ensure that sufficient numbers are available to allocate to communications providers.

In November 2010, Ofcom proposed some changes to the way they manage the allocation of geographic numbers, and launched a public consultation.

Ofcom have just published information as to how they will make available new geographic telephone numbers in some areas of the UK in the coming years. In the same document they are also consulting on measures to enhance the effective and efficient use of geographic telephone numbers that were proposed in November, which included a pilot charging scheme for geographic numbers and measures to strengthen our administrative processes.

The consultation will end on 11 November 2011. More information can be found at http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/consultations/safeguarding-geographic-numbers/.