10-Digit Dialing Announced for Some Canadian Area Codes

MARKHAM, Ontario, Canada

According to the Canadian Security Association (CANASA), the Canadian Number Administrator and the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission have determined that local telephone calls places in some area codes will seen need to be dialed with all 10 digits, but alarm monitoring companies and other security firms will have a little less than a year to get their dialers ready. Effective June 17, 2006, all local telephone calls placed in the 613/819, 514/438 and 540 area codes will need to be dialed in the same 10-digit format that would be used for calling outside the area code.

Many digital dialers are programmed place a local telephone call to an alarm receiver with just a seven-digit local number and will need to be adjusted.

Beginning next June 17, any local dialer call placed in a seven-digit format will be delayed by a recorded announcement that will advise the caller that all future calls should be dialed in a 10-digit format. It is possible that voice frequencies contained within the recorded message may cause the dialer to start transmitting. This could cause a loss of signals to the signal-receiving center. It will also be necessary to change the dialer telephone number in your up/download computer.

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