Paris, 4 February 1998
ART continues paving the way for competition in the long distance transmission market. The Authority has just reserved the first " 16XY " format prefixes for carrier selecion, for four operators which have applied for public telephone service provider licences: Infotel, MFS-Worldcom, Colt and RSL Com.
- Infotel : 1617
- MFS-Worldcom : 1618
- RSL Com : 1661
- Colt : 1690
The prefixes will be formally allocated when the operators receive their licences.
According to ART Decision n° 97-277 of 12 September 1997, any telephone service provider offering national long distance or international communications may have access to these prefixes. The single " E " digit is also used for carrier selection (this however is reserved for long distance operators with national infrastructure).
These 4-digit prefixes will enable users to choose services in competition with France Télécom's long distance and international off
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