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Numbering Resources for M2M/IoT Connectivity Services (and other Non-Interpersonal Communications Services (Non-ICS))


Office of the​ Prime Minister 
(Malta Communications Authority (MCA))
​Published on: ​29 March 2019
Running till: ​6 May 2019
​Last Updated: 7 May 2019
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Original Consultation

1.        Background

Due to the potential of a high proliferation of Machine-to-Machine (M2M)/Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity services and other non-interpersonal communications services (Non-ICS), the MCA is proposing a revision to the numbering framework especially to cater specifically for these technologies by means of this consultation paper.  Since the current national numbering framework was established bac​k in 2006 prior to this market development, numbering related requirements specific to these services are currently not being catered for.

Whilst it has always been the MCA’s objective to ensure that the Maltese regulatory framework is conducive to accommodate such emerging technologies, on the other hand it also needs to ensure that this is achieved with the least possible impact on, and in harmony with, existing conventional electronic communications services.  This is also the case if foreign numbering resources are utilised for Non-ICS.

The scope of this consultation is to provide interested parties with the opportunity to contribute towards this initiative intended to update the MCA decision ‘Development of the Numbering Plan’ of 2006 to cater for these technologies.

2.        Documents
3.        Submission of input
Submissions were sent in through the following channels:

By email:​
By post:     The Chief of Operations
                 Malta Communications Authority 
                 Valletta Waterfront, Pinto Wharf
                 Floriana FRN1913

Submissions were received by 6 May 2019.                              
We thank you for your input.

While this consultation paper would mainly lead to an update of the MCA Decision ‘Development of the Numbering Plan’, however, Part C of the Eighth Schedule of the Electronic Communications Networks and Services (General) Regulations (S.L. 399.28) would also be revised to reflect the annual usage fees which would be applicable for numbering resources allocated from the new number range which is being proposed to be dedicated specifically and solely for M2M/IoT connectivity services and other non-interpersonal communications services.
Please be informed that submissions will be published on the webpage of this consultation at the end of the scoping phase. The lead Ministry has sole discretion upon the publication of comments.
Received contributions, together with the identity of the contributor, will be published on the Internet, unless the contributor objects to the publication of his/her personal data on the grounds that such publication would harm his/her legitimate interests. In this case the contribution may be published in anonymous form. Otherwise the contribution will not be published nor will, in principle, its content be taken into account.  Any objections concerning the publication of personal data should be sent to the service responsible for the consultation on the following email address:
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In addition, please be aware of:
·         Disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (Chapter 496)
As we are a public authority all documents we hold, including documents related to this public consultation process, may be released following a request to us under the Freedom of Information Act (Chap. 496), unless such request may be subject of an exemption arising from the same Act.

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