The Telecommunications Act 2003 stipulates under section 31 that the Minister shall develop a plan for the numbering of telecommunications services and shall administer and manage such numbers.
Under Part 1 Section 3 (1) of the Telecommunications Numbering Regulations 2004, “The National Numbering Plan to be issued by the Minister identifies the framework for allocation of ordinary numbering blocks, exchange codes, short codes, and other unique numbering resources to different classes of Resource Users and applications”.
The Minister of Infrastructure, Communications, Utilities and Housing (MICUH), the Valley, Anguilla, announces the following Interim National Numbering Plan for Anguilla.
Anguilla is in the World Zone 1 (WZ1) Plan, Country Code = “1”, NPA = 264.
The 10-digit North American Numbering Plan (NANP) area address is made up of three parts, in the format NXX-NXX-XXXX:
- The first group of three characters (NXX) is the Numbering Plan Area Code (NPA);
- The second group of three characters (NXX) is the Central Office Code (CO Code); and
- The third group of characters (XXXX) is the subscriber’s line number. In the above format NXX-NXX-XXXX: N = 2 to 9 and X = 0 to 9).
The dialling format for the 264 NPA is as follows:
All home NPA (HNPA), local calls will be dialled on a seven-digit basis with no prefix, i.e.: NXX + XXXX, e.g. 497 1234, where 497 is the NXX, and 1234 is the subscriber number (SN).
All Foreign NPA (FNPA), direct dialled calls will be dialled with a prefix “1” + ten digits”, i.e.:
1 + NPA + NXX + Subscriber Number (SN).
For example: 1 + 264 + 497 +1234, where
1 = Prefix
264 = NPA
497 = NXX
1234 = SN
Resource allocation or numbering is no longer a viewed as a purely technical matter but increasingly as an issue which must address important commercial, political, and economic considerations for telecommunications operators, regulators and policy makers. As a result it is foreseen that the PUC and the Government will have to continually engage in a continuous process of revision of any Numbering Plan that is implemented.