12 Sep 1. Putting Numbers at the Disposal of Another Operator
1.8.2018: Restriction of the possibility by one operator (the depositor) to put numbers at the disposal of another one (the depository) to geographic numbers and mobile numbers of extended length: ARCEP decision 18-0881 provides that, from the date of its entry into force (August 1, 2018), the operators to whom resources have been allocated may make available to a third-party operator only geographic numbers and mobile numbers of extended length (mobile M2M numbers). This excludes special numbers (starting with 08) and short numbers, 10-digit mobile numbers and non-geographic numbers (starting with 09). As a result, special and short numbers, 10-digit mobile numbers and non-geographic numbers can now only be assigned to an end-user (excluding portability) by the operator to which that number has been allocated by the regulator. This measure is not retroactive.
30.9.2018: Report on the existing stock of numbers put at the disposal of an operator by another operator to be sent by 30 September 2018: In order to ensure compliance with the conditions for putting numbers at the disposal of another operator, from August 1, 2018, since some numbering resources will no longer be put by an operator at the disposal of another operator after this date, it is necessary to know precisely the list of resources made available previously. For this purpose, the first report of availability must be sent to ARCEP no later than September 30, 2018.
Publication of the list of numbers put at the disposal of another operator: ARCEP will publish the aggregated list of resources put at the disposal of another operator, specifying for each the identities of the attributor and of the depositary.
1.8.2018: Possibility of transfer of blocks (of 10,000 numbers) or sub-blocks (of 1,000 numbers) if they have been fully put at the disposal of the same operator: the Authority invites depositing and depository operators who have made provisioning agreements relating to a block or sub-block of numbers to request from ARCEP, if they consider it relevant, a transfer of the decision to attribute these resources to the benefit of the depositary operator.
1.2 Main implications
Many enterprise operators have not managed their carrier customers in a different way from their business customers. The new provisions require them, prior to September 30, 2018, to make an inventory of telephone numbers allocated to operator customers (for resale purposes) to declare them to ARCEP as numbers put at the disposal of another operator.
Since August 1, 2018, internal processes must also be updated to prohibit the resale of new numbers other than geographic numbers or 13- or 14-digit M2M mobile numbers.