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Version 313 in late June 2024.

Now most of the larger operators have synchronized annual price updates each spring, and with reducing use of landlines and special services numbers (no new prices bands for a few years), there are fewer price changes to report each month. 

So while the numbering data will continue to be updated weekly for API and numbering members, and the numbering zip files and web pages monthly for all members, the tariff, line rental and broadband pages and PDF books will now be updated less often, probably alternate months  unless there are important price changes to report. 

Version 312 in late May 2024 updates Direct Save Telecom (residential) and TalkTalk (residential). The TalkTalk Wholesale service, widely resold by other providers with Layer 2 and 3 variants, has been rebranded as Platform X Communications (PXC). 

In April 2024, BT Openreach has over 14 million premises passed with full fibre FTTP, with up to 78,000 premises being added each week or up to 4 million per year, expecting to pass 25 million properties by end of 2026, leaving up to 5 million with only part fibre broadband from BT, but perhaps with service from other fibre providers.  Of those 14 million passed homes, only 3.4 million have so far taken up full fibre. BT invested £4.9 billion in the last 12 months building the new fibre network.

As many in the induisty expected, BT has announced a 13 month delay in the final close down of the  PSTN and ISDN network, to 31st January 2027, which will allow more time for migration from analogue to digital telecare equipment for vulnerable customers. It also means 4 million more home with full fibre who won't have to depend on part fibre FTTC. 

BT is introducing a 'pre-digital phone line' product comprising new equipment installed in exchanges to which a small number of PSTN circuits can be switched when the 40 year old telephone switches are turned off in January 2027 for up to four more years.  This will maitain a service to lift and emergency lines, ATMs and payment terminals, and the vulnerable, until digital alternates are available. BT is introducing a new 'Prove IP Telecare' service next year for telecare users being updated to Digital Phone, where an Openreach engineer will ensure telecare equipment is working before leaving the premises, or revert the line back to PSTN. 

The close down of the existing BT telephone PSTN network started in April 2023 when wholesale line rental service and ISDN were withdrawn from Salisbury and Mildenhall exchanges, to be replaced mostly by full fibre and some SOGEA copper broadband services.  Initially VDSL broadband speeds were capped at 2Mbps/sec, then from June 2023 outgoing PSTN phone calls were barred (except emergency), finally in October 2023 service ceased. 

From September 2023, it was no longer possible to order new BT PSTN or ISDN lines anywhere in the UK where full fibre is available using FTTP or SOG.Fast.  There is no change for the 16 million properties without full fibre, until it becomes available in their area.  In January 2027, all PSTN and ISDN services will start close down, probably over six months, and all telephony will be VoIP or Digital Phone over broadband. For those properties still without full fibre in 2027, this will be using the slower and less reliable part-fibre SOGEA and SOADSL services.

Version 311 in late April 2024 updates British Telecom (residential), EE (residential), PlusNet (residential), Shell Energy Retail (residential), Sky Talk (residential), TalkTalk (business), Virgin Media (residential) and Your Co-op (residential). Call2Call, a prepaid service from IV Response has disappeared and now been removed. 

Following an Ofcom ruling last year requiring annual price increases to be notified as specific amounts, rather than variable percentages, BT has announced that from 31st March 2025, annually, broadband prices (except fixed price broadband) will increase by £3/month, and other prices including calls by 5%.   FTTC broadband prices have been lowered so the higher speeds are now only £1/month more than the lowest for 24 month contract.  However the costs for 12 month contract broadband has increased by £5/month.

Version 310 in late March 2024 updates British Telecom (business and residential), Daisy (business), Direct Save Telecom (residential), EE (residential), JT (Jersey) (residential), KC (business and residential), PlusNet (residential), Sky Talk (residential), Virgin Media (residential) and Vodafone (residential). OneBill and XLN Telecom are now part of Daisy so have been removed.

Over the next 12 years, BT Openreach will be closing about 4,500 exchange buildings, no longer needed since copper cabling will have been replaced by fibre that cam be terminated at more distant locations. Openreach rents most of the exchange buildings, so will make substantial savings.  About 960 buildings will be retained, where other  operators interconnect with Openreach FTTP and leased fibre to end users. Openreach expects to exit about 100 exchange buildings by 2031, then several hundred buildings per year, the first Deddington (near Banbury) this week. 

CodeLook and the numbering database have been updated with exchange exit information, whether the exchanges are handover points and their estimated closing dates, this information is primarily for the benefit of operators interconnecting with Openreach and should not effect end users.

Openreach is introductng new FTTP maximum speeds of 1.2GB and 1.6GB from 1st April 2024, expect to see these being offered soon. 

BT increased residential prices by about 7.9% (half last year) from 31st March 2024, residential line rental is up £2.05 to £28.40/month, all call packages up, standard inland call charge up 1.5p to 21.38p/min with a 32.8p call set-up so three minutes now costs £1.02p, PAYG packages are up 2p to 28.18p/min but no set-up.  International calls all up as well.    BT Basic was withdrawn from sale in June 2021, replaced by Home Essentials.  Some broadband prices for new contracts seem to have reduced from April 2024, FTTC Fibre Essential no Digital Phone 35M now £28.99/month, Fibre 2 73M now £36.99/month, £5 extra after 24 months, Full Fibre 36M £28 99/month, 150M £29.99/month, 300M £2.99/month, 500M £40.99/month, 900M £44.99/month, but £10 to £20 more after 24 months. 

BT increased business rental and package prices by about 14% from 1st April 2024. Standard business line rental is up £3.07 to £41.85/month, value line rental up £2.50 to £34.02/month, ISDN-2e up £6.47 to £88.26/month, ISDN-30e channel up £2.94 to £40.09/month, all network and calling feature rental prices up.  Cloud rentals also increased. but not call costs.  All PSTN and ISDN lines will be dead within two years, replaced by VoIP. Business call prices seem to be unchanged.  BT Business is no longer offering any broadband bundles with landline and calls, since they had a minimum 24 hours term which is now beyond end of life.  BT Cloud Phone becomes the latest in a long series of VoIP offerings to be withdrawn from new supply, SIP trunks were withdrawn in 2012, all replaced by Cloud Voice with much higher call prices.

Version 309 in late February 2024 updates Community Fibre (business and residential),  Hyperoptic (residential) and Shell Energy Retail (residential)

Since it is now less than two years until landlines cease to operate, new contracts including line rental and calls are beginning to be withdrawn in favor of broadband only, usually with optional VoIP calls. There appears to no effort to reduce the cost of VoIP calls to reflect the vastly lower operating cost that no longer require vast telephone exchange buildings and cabling infrastructure, probably because landline call volumes are plummeting, replaced by new technology like mobile apps    

Version 308 in late January 2024 updates 118185.co.uk (residential), 11899.com (residential), Call 18866 (residential) and PlusNet (residential).

API and Numbering members can now access a new Websocket API with the end point wss://api.telecom-tariffs.co.uk/WebSocket/codelookapi. This is more efficient than HTTP REST APIs, and allows multiple queries to be batched for faster response, potentially up to 100 queries per second. There is a minor Json change in the responses, the outer Json with success and reccount now also has query echoing the query parameter from the request, the argument is usually returned in the records, except for partial searches.  This is needed if multiple but different WebSocket queries are made, so the responses are correctly identified.

API users making batch queries using the HTTPS API should try to ensure they are using persistent connections by adding the Connection: Keep-Alive request  header, to avoid a new SSL handshake for each request. 

In January 2024, BT Openreach has 12.8 million premises passed with full fibre FTTP, with an average 66,000 premises being added each week or 3.4 million per year, expecting to pass 25 million properties by end of 2026, leaving up to 5 million with only part fibre broadband from BT, but perhaps with service from other fibre providers. 

Version 307 in late December 2023 updates Shell Energy Retail (residential), Sky Talk (residential) and Virgin Media (business).

Ofcom is planning changes to prevent broadband and telephone contract prices being changed within the contract period by an unknown percentage, any increases must be specified in the original contract with actual cost so the customer knows exactly how much the contract will cost before accepting it.  This year most operators increased prices by 14% or more.  If this plan goes ahead, it will apply to new contracts probably from summer 2024, so won't effect any percentage increases planned for April 2024 or even a year later for 24 month contracts. 

Ofcom is also planning to prohibit revenue sharing using 084 and 087 number ranges, to stop operators making money by inducing customers to make long unnecessary calls using their inclusive free minutes, probably also effective summer 2024.

Nine months after being proposed, Ofcom has now issue marketing guidance to prevent FTTC and cable services being sold as 'fibre broadband' without qualification so it's obvious they are not fibre all the way to the home, FTTP, or full fibre and can't offer the same speeds or reliability. Expect to see part fibre, copper or cable network for these slower services so customers are aware they are offered older technology services. 

The BT Price List site reappeared in December after being dead for a month or so.

Version 306 in late November 2023 updates British Telecom (business and residential), Community Fibre (business and residential), Shell Energy Retail (residential) and Sky Talk (residential).

The BT Price List site seems to have disappeared after 25 years with no replacement. Originally several ring binders of paper updated monthly, it was one the earliest web sites on the internet updated almost weekly with prices of all BT services.  In recent years a BT Consumer Web Guide has replaced most residential pricing, but there is now no proper business pricing available.

Version 305 in late October 2023 updates EE (residential), IDNet (business), KC (business), OneBill Telecom (business), TalkTalk (residential), and XLN Telecom (business).

Version 304 in late September 2023 updates Virgin Media (residential).

Ofcom has issued an updated list of dissolved companies that still have number allocations, including 24 that we'd missed due to lack of a web site or the site still being active, all the numbers allocated to these dissolved companies should disappear from the database in the coming months as Oftom removes them.  About 50 older companies now without number allocations have been removed and more will go next month.  

Version 303 in late August 2023 updates KC (residential) and Vodafone (residential). Call2Abroad has been removed.

Version 302 in late July 2023 updates BT (residential), Direct Save Telecom (residential), EE (residential), IDNet (business), and Sky Connect (business).

Line rental saver that provided cheaper line rental when paid annually in advance has been discontinued from 21st July 2023.