Project title: Report geographic numbering
Client: Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs
Publication date: November 2004
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Introduction:

This report contains the results of research by Stratix, providing answers to questions posed by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Directorate- General of Telecommunication and Postal (DGTP), on the subject of geographic numbering. This concretely comprises six general questions, five specific questions with relation to closing the Number plan and five questions on the economic and social effects of possible changes in geographic numbering.

Incentive for this research were complaints DGTP received from providers that the current arrangements for geographic numbers is considered pressing. Technological developments like VoIP and WLL2, represent part of the cause, but also new services based on existing technology that conflict with the current regulation.

On the other hand there are also reasons to keep current regulations intact or only to slightly adjust them. DTGP therefore expressed a need for adequate information to develop new policy regarding the future of geographical numbers.

The research was conducted by executing twelve in-depth interviews with Dutch commercial parties and five in-depth interviews with five foreign regulators. As preparation for the interviews a significant amount of desk research was performed, in accordance with the client.

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