Review of Non-Geographic Numbers

ComReg has published its final Response to Consultation and Decision D15/18 (Document 18/106) in relation to five classes of Non-Geographic Numbers – 1800, 1850, 1890, 0818 & 076.

ComReg has introduced two measures designed to address the cost of using such numbers and also tackle confusion among consumers about the differences between the numbers. The changes being introduced by ComReg are:

  • Geo-linking Condition: from 1 December 2019, a call to an 1850, 1890, 0818 or 076 NGN will cost no more than the cost of calling a landline number. This means that if landline calls are included in your “bundle of call minutes” then NGN calls will also be “in bundle”. No separate charge will apply for any NGN call (unless you have used up your bundle of call minutes).
  • NGN Consolidation: From January 1 2022, the five NGN ranges will be reduced to two. The 1850, 1890, 076 ranges will be withdrawn and the 1800 (Freephone) and 0818 range will remain. This 3 year period is to allow organisations that use NGNs time to prepare.

Telephone numbers are managed by ComReg with the core objective of promoting and protecting the interests of consumers in Ireland, particularly more vulnerable consumers. In August 2017, ComReg published Consultation 17/70, by which it commenced a review of five classes of “Non-Geographic Numbers” of “NGNs”. This was followed by Consultation 18/65, published in July 2018, and ComReg has today published its final Response to Consultation and Decision in relation to this matter.

 

Video: Non-Geographic Numbering Animation (December 2018)

 

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2019 Documents

2018 NGN Response to Consultation and related documentation:

 

2017 NGN Consultation Document and related documentation: