The new numbering resources database available on the BEREC website

08 February 2021

As of today, 8 February 2021, the new numbering resources database is available on the BEREC website.

The co-legislators have entrusted BEREC to establish and the EU Agency for Support for BEREC to maintain the database. For this purpose, Member States shall transmit the relevant information to BEREC. The EECC made a step towards harmonisation, but many details remain in 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 or European Economic Area is organised in records. In the database, among other, there is information on country codes, number ranges, 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 European Union and European Economic Area.

The European Electronic Communications Code foresees that the numbering resources database will enable an extraterritorial use of non-geographic numbers within the EU to provide non-interpersonal communications services.  

The ‘extra-territorial use of numbers’ refers to the use of a particular country’s numbering resources by a foreign service provider in its home country. Hence, this term does not refer to permanent roaming situations.

Whilst ‘non-interpersonal communications services’ encompasses different types of services. They include mobile internet access services, machine-to-machine/Internet of Things services and other services within an M2M/IoT context, such as communication with autonomous devices (e.g. remote setting of devices, etc.).