Pantophlet pleased with new numbering plan

POSTED: 11/5/12 1:03 PM

GREAT BAY – Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs, Minister Romeo Pantophlet, is very pleased with the transition to the new numbering plan for St. Maarten. This numbering plan is the first allocation and management of numbering resources, carrier codes, short codes, 1-800 numbers etc.
The government of St. Maarten duly obtained a country and dialing code for St. Maarten within the North American Numbering Plan with the assignment of 1-721. The NANP is a standardized system of numbering plan areas that has evolved over the years into a code consisting of a three-digit area code (NPA) and a seven-digit subscriber number.
In the further execution of its authorities and tasks in this area, the government of St. Maarten realized that implementation of the new country and dialling code required the introduction of a new numbering plan for the country. The existing numbering plan came to an end after the country went through a transitory phase after the dismantling of the Netherlands Antilles.

It was in November 2010 that a mandate issued by the Council of Ministers of St. Maarten allowed for the official transition of St. Maarten into the NANP on September 11, 2011.
A one-year permissive dialling period was instituted to facilitate the transition from the (599) country code of the former Netherlands Antilles to the country code (1) and area code (721).

Prior to October 10, 2010, St. Maarten was part of the Netherlands Antilles and the numbering resources used by the country were governed by the National Numbering Plan Netherlands Antilles.

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