Telecommunication industry in the United Kingdom has gone a long way since its humble beginnings in the 19th century. Telegraphy was the most popular way of communication since the introduction of the first commercial electrical telegraph in 1837. Just a few years later, in 1876 a Scottish-born scientist made the first successful conversation over the telephone he invented. He called his assistant in a next door room and said “Mr Watson, come here – I want to see you”. These two technological advancements paved the way for modern broadband and mobile phone networks in the UK. In 1881 National Telephone Company has been established to oversee landline services across the country. It maintained monopoly until the 1980s and helped UK telecommunication services grow and expand significantly. As of 2016, 94% of UK residents owned a mobile phone, 76% of which were smartphones. There were 33 million active landlines and an overwhelming number of 92 million mobile subscriptions.
Effective telephone communication relies strongly on domestic and international trunk infrastructure and strict rules for assigning area codes. Historically, area codes used to identify the geography of a landline. Today, they are created basing on a set of principles regulated by The Office of Communications, British governmental institution that monitors telecommunication, broadcast and postal industries. Typically, a phone number in the UK is made up of ten or eleven digits and is comprised of two parts – the area code and the actual telephone number which may vary in length from area to area. Given that, area codes need to be distinctly separated from telephone numbers, which is usually done by space or brackets. Landline area codes start with 01, 02 or 03. Numbers beginning with 05 are restricted for corporate and voice over IP services. 07 stands for mobiles and personal numbers and 08 and 09 represent special service numbers.
This year saw the launch of UKareacode.co.uk, a brand-new website that aims to revolutionise the way we look for area codes online. This all-encompassing virtual repository of knowledge is a go-to guide for factual and up-to-date information about area codes from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It gathers all existing area codes and organises them alphabetically by the region. Each dialling code has its own record that houses in-depth analysis of areas that it covers and a presentation of local and international number format, number of digits, geographic coordinates and call costs. It is basically everything one may ever need to check or validate the correctness of any UK area code. All data published on the platform is gathered from official documents and government statistics for maximum accuracy. Although changes in the realm of area codes happen very rarely, new area codes are being constantly introduced due to ongoing business and residential developments all around the UK. That's why, information available through UKareacode.co.uk is being constantly reviewed and updated.
The platform features modern minimal web design and intuitive layout. It is compatible with modern portable devices such as smartphones and tablets, which means that you can use it on the go. All that makes UKareacode.co.uk one of the most user-friendly and easily navigable virtual resources for validating UK dialling codes, so do not hesitate and give it a try today.