European Telephony Numbering Space (ETNS)
– decision of ITU to assign ‘3883’

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In March 2000, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) assigned ‘3883’ to 24 European countries for use in the European Telephony Numbering Space.

The text of the decision by the Study Group 2 of the ITU’s standardization sector follows:

D.279 (24 European countries - Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Croatia, Republic of Slovenia, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom) responds to a number of concerns, as expressed by Q.1/2 collaborators during the May 1999 SG 2 meeting, and requests, based on the responses, that the E.164 Country Code “388” be permanently allocated to the European Telephony Numbering Space (ETNS) for the offering of pan-European services. The document was introduced by the representative from the European Telecommunication Office (ETO), on the behalf of the 24 countries supporting the contribution and the assignment of  “388” for ETNS. Numerous questions were asked regarding the content of the document.

Working Document 3 (24 European countries) contains two ETSI documents detailing the Routing of ETNS services and the Management of the ETNS. The document is a reference to D.279.

At the conclusion of the discussion of the above contributions, the following was agreed:

  • Resources to Groups of Countries will be assigned in an equal manner from a shared E.164 Country Code(s). The format of the resource will be CC+IC, where IC is a 1-digit Identification Code identifying a Group of Countries.
  • Work will continue on draft Recommendation E.164.3, Principles, Criteria, and Procedures for the Assignment and Reclamation of E.164 Country Codes and Associated Identification Codes for Groups of Countries, and all components of it remain open for discussion. The goal is to “determine” the Recommendation at the 2000 WP 1/2 interregnum meeting and to approve it at the first SG 2 meeting of the next Study Period. If this project is transferred to another SG, that SG would be expected to honour this goal. Following the approval of the Recommendation, the ETNS assignment and all other assignments will conform to the tenets of the Recommendation, after its approval.
  • Country Code “388” is assigned as a shared Country Code and IC “3” is allocated to ETNS. Prior to the approval of draft Recommendation E.164.3, only IC “3” for ETNS will be assigned from “388". Any additional CC+ICs assigned to another Group of Countries during this period would be from another shared Country Code.
  • During this period of E.164.3 development, none of the 24 countries participating in the ETNS will be assigned another CC+IC, as part of another Group of Countries.

Following the approval of draft Recommendation E.164.3, ETNS will be entitled to apply for additional CC+IC resources from the “388” country code based on the criteria and procedures contained in the Recommendation. Also following the approval of the Recommendation, if shared Country Codes continue to be the agreement, other CC+IC assignees will receive spare ICs from the “388” country code, starting at the opposite end of the total list of ICs from the ETNS assignment and working towards the middle of the list. Any additional IC assignments to ETNS, based on the approved E.164.3, would proceed consecutively from the initial assignment, e.g. “2”, “1”, etc.


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