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Communication regulator Ofcom have announced that they will be releasing 10 million new landline numbers into the London range to help meet growing demand for connectivity.

As more new houses and offices are built around the capital, the need for broadband connections continues to grow. This is why Ofcom are introducing a new ‘(202) 4’ range of numbers, increasing the total of London landline numbers to 40 million.

Ofcom currently allocates numbers for phone providers to assign to their customers, using the existing (020) 3, 7 and 8 ranges. However, there are fewer than a million left to be handed out, and with 30,000 London numbers being distributed each week these remaining numbers will be exhausted within a year.

Timeline of London Phone Numbers. Source: Ofcom. SeaBro IT
A History Of London Phone Numbers. Image: Ofcom

Although people across the UK spend 44 billion minutes making landline calls each year, this number is falling in favour of internet usage and mobile communications. Even so, landline connections are still needed to provide most broadband connections to homes and offices.

Almost all of the broadband connections across the country rely on a landline cable to carry internet data as well as phone calls, which is why customers still have to pay ‘line rental’ even if they do not use their home phone.

Explanation of Line Rental. Source: Ofcom. SeaBro IT
You Still Pay For Line Rental Even Without A Home Phone Because It Is Needed For Internet and Some TV Connections. Image: Ofcom

Ofcom will begin the release of blocks of ‘(020) 4’ numbers to telecoms providers in the coming weeks, and they will be able to issue them to customers by the end of the year. If your home or business is located in London and does not currently have a landline installed, you may be eligible for one of these new numbers.

Want to be one of the first to get an ‘(020) 4’ number for your London-based business? Get in contact with our telecoms experts today to find out how we can help improve your connectivity, no matter what type of business you run.

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