Three mobile-phone operators issued with 6-prefix numbers
The first batch of 300,000 mobile phone numbers starting with the digit 6 have been issued and are expected to reach the market next month.
New World PCS, Orange and People have been allocated 100,000 numbers each, starting with the digits 603, 607 and 609.
A spokeswoman for the Telecommunications Authority said the mobile operators had made the request last month after using half of their 9-prefix numbers.
The law now allows applications for new numbers from the authority when half or more of an operator's reserve numbers have been used.
The spokeswoman stressed the new issue did not mean there was a shortage of numbers.
In view of the expected rush to be assigned new numbers, the authority warned that operators who charged customers a premium for them would be breaking the law.
'The numbers are allocated to the operators for free. The operators were given the rights to allocate the numbers, but the numbers are in no way commercial products,' the spokeswoman said.
New World PCS said it was planning to market its numbers by the end of this month. The other two said they were working out their promotion plans.