Company News - April 2021
The latest news from TTNC, the telecoms industry and the regulator this month - April 2021.
Scam calls fall by 75%
Scam calls using the 070 number range have decreased by 75% between October 2019 and September 2020.
Vulnerable customers: Ofcom's best practices
Ofcom sets out how TV, broadband and phone companies should treat those who are struggling.
Ofcom: Support for struggling bill payers
If you’re having problems paying your phone or broadband bill during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, you must speak to your provider as soon as possible to see how they can help.
Ofcom: advice about coronavirus scam calls and texts
Ofcom has reported an increase in related fraudulent calls and texts associated with Coronavirus as scammers are taking advantage of the panic.
Ofcom: Contract end and best deals communication
New rules come into effect this month, which could save money for more than 20 million people.
We've expanded our International Number ranges!
We are excited to let you know that we have increased the coverage of our International Numbers to cover over 60% of the planet!
Ban on selling ‘locked’ mobile phones
Some of the UK Mobile Phone providers sell locked mobile phones so they cannot be used on another network. Ofcom is now proposing to ban the sale of locked mobile devices to remove this extra hurdle for customers.
Ofcom fines company for 'Telephone Slamming'
After an eleven-month investigation, Ofcom found Fareham based service provider 'Onestream' guilty of Telephone Slamming and fined them £35,000.
Information, Connection and Signposting Services (ICSS) update
The PSA has introduced new Special conditions for all ICSS which will come in to force on 20 December 2019. The new special conditions aim to reduce confusion and protect people from high call charges when using an ICSS.
New rules for phone-paid subscription services
The Phone-paid Services Authority (PSA) introduced new rules for Phone-paid subscription services which came into effect on the 1st November 2019.
10 million numbers released
Ofcom introduces new 020 4 number range for London. Ofcom has today announced the release of 10 million new phone number for the London area.
Unfortunately, there's a growing trend of nuisance callers deliberately changing their Caller ID to hide their identity, this is known as 'Number Spoofing'.
New Number Porting rules go live
Today, Ofcom announced that the Porting Override Request (POR) process is now live and has been rolled out as a standard process within the industry.
New Framework for fairness
In a bid to stamp out unfair practices and confusion, Ofcom’s Fairness Framework will support companies in their work to improve customer service and make fairness a core part of their business.
070 Number changes - Rules to combat fraud & unexpected call costs
Last year, Ofcom announced that from the 1st of October 2019, the cost to call an 070 Number would be the same cost as calling a UK Mobile Number.
Ofcom: New rules for contracts and best deals
Telephone, Broadband and Pay-TV customers must be warned when their minimum contract period is coming to an end, under new rules announced today by Ofcom.
Document Verification for International Numbers
Regulatory enforcement related to phone numbers is on the rise around the world. This increased scrutiny is driven by various factors including increased incidents of misuse and abuse of phone numbers, and heightened national security concerns.
Number Porting Protection
Looking beyond current porting arrangements, Ofcom believes that it's time to transform how telephone numbers are administered, authenticated and ported.
Nuisance Calls & SMS: Joint Action Plan Update
Ofcom and the ICO have published an update on their joint action plan to tackle nuisance calls and SMS messages.