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Communications Act 2003

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58Conditions about allocation and adoption of numbers
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(1)General conditions may include conditions which—

(a)prohibit the adoption of telephone numbers by a communications provider except in cases where the numbers have been allocated by OFCOM to a person;

(b)regulate the use by a communications provider, for the purpose of providing an electronic communications network or electronic communications service, of telephone numbers not allocated to that provider;

(c)impose restrictions on the adoption of telephone numbers by a communications provider, and on other practices by communications providers in relation to telephone numbers allocated to them;

(d)impose requirements on a communications provider in connection with the adoption by him of telephone numbers;

(e)require an allocation of particular telephone numbers to be transferred from one communications provider to another in the circumstances provided for in the conditions;

(f)impose such requirements and restrictions on a communications provider from whom an allocation is required to be transferred as may be provided for, in relation to the transfer, in the conditions;

(g)require payments of such amounts as may be determined by OFCOM to be made to them by a person in respect of the allocation to him of telephone numbers;

(h)require payments of such amounts as may be determined by OFCOM to be made to them by a person in respect of transfers of allocations from one person to another; and

(i)require communications providers to secure compliance with such rules relating to the use of telephone numbers by their customers as OFCOM may set out in general conditions or determine in accordance with provision made by the general conditions.

(2)General conditions may also—

(a)provide for the procedure to be followed on the making of applications to OFCOM for the allocation of telephone numbers;

(b)provide for the information that must accompany such applications and for the handling of such applications;

(c)provide a procedure for telephone numbers to be reserved pending the making and disposal of an application for their allocation;

(d)provide for the procedure to be followed on the making of applications for telephone numbers to be reserved, and for the handling of such applications;

(e)regulate the procedures to be followed, the system to be applied and the charges to be imposed for the purposes of, or in connection with, the adoption by a communications provider of telephone numbers allocated to that provider;

(f)regulate the procedures to be followed, the system to be applied and the charges to be imposed for the purposes of, or in connection with, the transfer of an allocation from one person to another.

(3)The conditions that may be set under subsection (1)(d) include conditions imposing requirements with respect to the provision of information for purposes connected with—

(a)the compilation of directories; and

(b)the provision of directory enquiry facilities.

(4)The procedure to be followed on the making of an application for the allocation of numbers that are available for allocation in accordance with the National Telephone Numbering Plan must require OFCOM’s determination of the application to be made—

(a)in the case of an application made in response to an invitation in accordance with subsection (5), before the end of six weeks after the day on which the application is received; and

(b)in any other case, before the end of three weeks after that day.

(5)Where OFCOM are proposing to allocate any telephone numbers, they may—

(a)invite persons to indicate the payments each would be willing to make to OFCOM if allocated the numbers; and

(b)make the allocation according to the amounts indicated.

(6)General conditions providing for payments to be made to OFCOM in respect of anything mentioned in subsection (1)(g) or (h)—

(a)must set out the principles according to which the amounts of the payments are to be determined;

(b)may provide for the payments to consist of a lump sum in respect of a particular allocation or transfer or of sums payable periodically while an allocation remains in force, or of both;

(c)may provide for the amounts to be determined by reference to—

(i)any indication according to which the allocation has been made as mentioned in subsection (5); or

(ii)any other factors (including the costs incurred by OFCOM in connection with the carrying out of their functions by virtue of section 56 and this section) as OFCOM think fit.

(7)General conditions may—

(a)make modifications from time to time of, or of the method of determining, the amounts of periodic payments falling to be made by virtue of conditions containing provision authorised by this section; and

(b)make different provision in relation to different descriptions of communications provider and different descriptions of telephone number.

(8)Nothing in subsection (7) authorises the modification, after it has been fixed, of the amount of a periodic payment fixed in accordance with arrangements made in relation to numbers allocated as mentioned in subsection (5)(b).

(9)Payments that are required to be made to OFCOM in respect of anything mentioned in subsection (1)(g) or (h)—

(a)must be paid to them as soon as they become due in accordance with the conditions imposing the obligation to pay; and

(b)if not so paid, are to be recoverable by them accordingly.

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