Numbering Database for extra territorial use
The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) is entrusted to maintain the numbering resources database containing E.164 numbers that can be used extraterritorially. For this purpose, Member States must transmit the relevant information to BEREC. Directive (EU) 2018/1972 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2018 establishing the European Electronic Communications Code – the ‘EECC’ – made a step towards harmonisation, but many details remain within national competence. In this respect, BEREC is required to constantly monitor each Member State's implementation status to be able to establish the database and keep it up to date.
Information regarding the number ranges with a right of extraterritorial use within the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) is organised in records. In the database, among others, there is information on country codes, number ranges, and maximum and minimum number lengths. There are also links to the general rules or relevant conditions for the Member States in the database. Moreover, the database also contains information on the number ranges with a right of extraterritorial use only in the EU/EEA.
The EECC foresees that the numbering resources database will enable the extraterritorial use of non geographic numbers within the EU to provide non-interpersonal communications services.
‘Non-interpersonal communications services’ encompass different types of services. They include mobile internet access services, Machine-to-Machine (M2M) / Internet of Things (IoT) services and other services within an M2M/IoT context, such as communication with autonomous devices (e.g. remote setting of devices etc.).