Ofcom is the communications regulator. Regulates the TV, radio and video on demand sectors, fixed line telecoms, mobiles, postal services, plus the airwaves over which wireless devices operate.
Ofcom - Address : Riverside House, 2a Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 9HA
Open Hours : Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm. -
Phone : 0300 123 3333 or 020 7981 3040.
Ofcom - Is a Statutory corporation Created by Office of Communications Act 2002. The creation of Ofcom was announced in the Queen's Speech to the UK Parliament in June 2001. - Official Formation was on 29 December 2003.
Is the Regulator and competition authority for broadcasting, postal services, telecommunications and radiocommunications spectrum.
Headquarters in : London, England - Offices in London, Belfast, Cardiff, Caterham, Glasgow, Newton-le-Willows.
Ofcom, Chief Executive : Sharon White, 2016
Ofcom, Chairman : Dame Patricia Hodgson DBE
Oftel, Office of Telecommunications
Ofcom is a super-regulator to oversee media channels and digital transmissions.
Includes the previous responsibility of five different regulators
the Broadcasting Standards Commission,
the Independent Television Commission,
the Office of Telecommunications (Oftel),
the Radio Authority, and
the Radiocommunications Agency.
Personnel 2015 :
Chief executive, Sharon White -
Legal Group, Polly Weitzman -
Content, Consumers and External Affairs Group, Claudio Pollack -
Strategy, International, Technology, Economist Group, Steve Unger -
Competition Group, Jonathan Oxley -
Spectrum Group, Philip Marnick -
On 1 October 2011, Ofcom took over responsibility for regulating the postal services industry from the Postal Services Commission (Postcomm).
Ofcom announced that as of 1 July, phone companies will have to provide customers with a set charge for the cost of calling numbers starting 084, 087 and 09. The details of these charges must be printed in each customers' contract and monthly bills. The change will affect over 175 million phone numbers making it the biggest overhaul of telephoning in over a decade.
Postal services :
The Postal Services Act 2011 regulatory responsibility for postal services transferred to Ofcom on 1 October 2011, with its primary duty to maintain the UK 6-day a week universal postal service.
The UK Government gived Ofcom the functions of Postcomm as part of a wider set of public service austerity measures.
Ofcom - Area code - Lists and number allocation details - UK National Telephone Numbering Plan - UK dialling code lookup - PDF and Excel
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Sitefinder UK mobile phone base station database
- Below the level of the major telecommunications towers, mobile phone operators run roughly 23,000 base stations. In urban areas, these are almost all rooftop sites or microcells, but in rural areas these are often on towers, frequently owned by BT or Arqiva. The Sitefinder database is an incomplete list of mobile phone base stations in the UK.