Numbers up

 作者:胡母倒惬     |      日期:2019-03-08 10:08:00
By Barry Fox LUCKLESS Londoners are bracing themselves for their third telephone number change in 10 years. The change, which means that companies will once again have to alter all their stationery, was last week slammed by an all party parliamentary select committee, which blamed telecoms watchdog Oftel for the problem. Oftel admitted that it failed to do a cost-benefit analysis of the impact on telephone numbering of the proliferation of direct-dial extensions, mobile phones, data lines and faxes. In May 1990, British Telecom, which was then in charge of numbering, added one digit to London’s phone codes. In April 1994, Oftel took over from BT and increased the number pool tenfold by adding another digit. Just six years later, on 22 April next year, Oftel will have to create a new range of 10-digit numbers. Oftel says that if the code changes do not take place, London will run out of capacity by summer 2000. But Oftel was warned a decade ago that it was heading for trouble. As early as 1989, the consultancy Ovum advised Oftel to introduce 10-digit numbers. Oftel rejected the advice on the grounds that people do not like number changes,