Wednesday 12 December, 2018

Mandatory 10-digit dialling takes effect today

This new 658 area code will be used in addition to, and not as a replacement for, the existing 876 area code.

This new 658 area code will be used in addition to, and not as a replacement for, the existing 876 area code.

Don’t even attempt to make a local call without inputting the area code before the seven digit number you are dialling.

Jamaica now has an additional area code, which will require the introduction of mandatory ten-digit dialling.

Persons will have to dial the previous area code – 876, in addition to the new area code – 658 - to the seven-digit number for all local calls in Jamaica effective May 31, 2018.

It became necessary for Jamaica to get an additional Numbering Plan Area (NPA) code, commonly called an area code, as the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), which is responsible for Numbering Administration in Jamaica, moves to ensure that there are sufficient numbers available to satisfy growth in demand for these resources over the next 25 years.

Under the Telecommunications Act, the OUR has full responsibility for the allocation, assignment (to service providers) and usage of telecommunication numbers in Jamaica.

“This new code will be used in addition to, and not as a replacement for, the existing 876 area code. It will be used once the existing telephone numbers under the 876 area code are exhausted. However, the most immediate change will be the introduction of 10-digit dialling, for local telephone calls, come 2018 May 31.” Director General of the OUR Ansord E. Hewitt previously said.

The introduction of ten-digit dialling will not mean an increase in telephone charges. Nor will anyone have to change their existing telephone numbers, Hewitt explained.

The OUR is encouraging persons, especially businesses and government agencies to start adding the current 876 area code on all their printed materials and signage.

“We are also encouraging users of alarm services and solutions with automatic diallers, and operators of PBX systems, to contact their respective service providers to ensure that their systems will be compatible with the new numbering and dialling arrangements,” Hewitt added.

 

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