[asterisk-users] Official numbering plan - where to get?

Tzafrir Cohen tzafrir.cohen at xorcom.com
Wed Mar 28 14:33:22 CDT 2012

On Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 11:58:45PM +0530, Raj Mathur (राज माथुर) wrote:
> On Friday 23 Mar 2012, Markus wrote:
> > I hope this is not too off-topic. As a kind-of follow up to "rate
> > sheet normalization" I'm still trying to figure out a solution for:
> > throw 10 ratesheets at a program and get the cheapest
> > codes/providers as output.
> > 
> > For this purpose I believe I need a real, detailed, accurate list of
> > all the dialing codes, incl. mobile codes, city codes etc. worldwide
> > as a reference for that particular program. There are thousands of
> > A-Z lists on the web, and there are thousands of codes in them, but
> > nothing is accurate enough or from an official source.
> > 
> > So, I spoke with the ITU today and they, funny enough, too don't have
> > such a list. At least they don't have one that is computer parseable,
> > like a .csv or .xls or something like that. What they have is: a
> > single .doc or .pdf file for EACH country (1 file per country),
> > which is not standardized in its content, with lots of text and
> > descriptions, but it has all the codes. They don't even have such a
> > list as a paid service. Feels like 30 years ago. :)  Anyway, there
> > is numberingplans.com which provide exactly what I'm looking for,
> > but they don't support one-time purchases, only subscriptions from
> > around 100 to 990 EUR per month, which is above my budget (and I
> > don't need a subscription).
> > 
> > Does anyone have an idea where to find such a list for free, or as a
> > one-time purchase? If not, I'll probably go through the effort to
> > compile my own list based on the ITU data. Let me know in case you
> > want a copy then. :)
> Would it help if we start a Wiki for normalised numbering plans for each 
> country, and let people fill in data as and when they please?  Using the 
> appropriate licence would ensure that no one can pull the data and use 
> it in a proprietary list -- a GPL-like licence for the data would ensure 
> that any enhancements to the list also have to be distributed under the 
> same conditions as the original.
> This way the people most benefiting from the list would probably end up 
> doing the most amount of work, which is fair.  I'd be glad to fill in 
> India (if I can figure out that bureaucratic legalese in which the data 
> is written).

IANAL, but I'm not sure if such raw data is copyrightable.
See e.g. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Openstreetmap#Licensing .
There has been some criticism (not sure how founded) on their now ODbL
that it allows hijacking the database.

               Tzafrir Cohen
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