Numbering and Addressing

The number of IoT connected devices worldwide is set to rise dramatically and reach 26 billion by 2020 (Machina Research 2016). The need for IoT devices to be identifiable in the network will persist, as it does today for traditional voice and data devices, however IoT devices are fundamentally different from traditional devices.

Many of the requirements associated with the use of E.164 (the traditional telephone numbers) ranges are inappropriate for the large majority of IoT connected services. Imagine for example a smart meter or an asset tracking tool; the requirements connected with current numbering regulation such as number portability  are not relevant, as there service does not involve directly an individual and the connectivity element is just an enabler of the entire service wrap.

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GSMA Response to the BEREC Numbering Consultation

This is the GSMA response to BEREC (Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications) public consultation on numbering assignments procedures and hopes the following comments can serve as a constructive contribution to BEREC’s work. BEREC is looking to provide ...

GSMA position on numbering & addressing

Some requirements commonly associated with E.164 number use are irrelevant to IoT connected devices and should not apply. Regulators should link requirements to the nature of the service offered independently of the chosen numbering range. Download

GSMA position on GSMA position on shared Mobile Network Code (MNC)

MNC numbering allocation policies enabling the use of shared MNC should be carefully assessed in light of their implementation costs, and their technical and logistical complexities. The GSMA believes that its specification for remote provisioning of Embedded SIMs is more ...

Autorità per le garanzie nelle comunicazioni (AGCOM)- M2M consultation

Consultation document on machine-to-machine communication (in Italian). Download

PTS report on numbering

The focus of this study is the expected shortage of MNC resources and possible solutions, in particular the possible mixed use of 2 and 3 digit MNCs under Sweden’s mobile country code (MCC) 240. The study has been carried out by Cybercom on behalf of the Swedish Post and ...

IBPT GSMA response

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Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA)

The German regulator BnetzA consulted on numbering. The consultation among others looks into aspects relevant to IoT: shared use of IMSI resources, extraterritorial use of numbers Download

Belgian Institute for Postal services and Telecommunications (IBPT) – Numbering

The Belgian regulatory body consulted on the numbering plan and proposed approaches potentially impacting IoT deployments. Download

Belgian Institute for Postal services and Telecommunications (IBPT)

In this paper the ECC recommends that: • “A country should refuse the assignment of E.164 numbers belonging to its numbering plan to be used outside of its territory on a permanent basis • A country should not allow the use of E.164 numbers belonging to another country’s ...

Cybercom Group study for PTS

The focus of this study is the expected shortage of MNC resources and possible solutions, in particular the possible mixed use of 2 and 3 digit MNCs under Sweden’s mobile country code (MCC) 240. The study has been carried out by Cybercom on behalf of the Swedish Post and ...

ECC report 212 (April 2014) – Evolution in the Use of E.212 Mobile Network Codes

ECC report on the use of IMSI resources for machine-to-machine communication. Download

Extra territorial use of numbering resources: (April 2013)-ECC/CEPT report 194

In this paper the ECC recommends that: • A country should refuse the assignment of E.164 numbers belonging to its numbering plan to be used outside of its territory on a permanent basis. • A country should not allow the use of E.164 numbers belonging to another country’s ...

Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et des postes (ARCEP)

French regulatory authority consultation on numbering resources. Download

ECC recommendation – Extra territorial use of E.164

ECC recommendation on the extra territorial use of numbering resources. Download

ECC Report 153, Numbering and Addressing In Machine-To-Machine (M2M) Communications, Nov 2010

This report is the ECC ruling on numbering for machine-to-machine communication. Among others key issues, the report makes some recommendations: “(…) 3. Four numbering options were discovered for M2M applications: A) Existing mobile number ranges, B) A new number range, C) ...

Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA) – Numbering

The German regulator BnetzA consulted on numbering. The consultation among others looks into aspects relevant to IoT: shared use of IMSI resources, extraterritorial use of numbers. Download