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COVID-19 Telecoms Update – 24-03-2020

Number Porting:Openreach has closed it’s number portability contact center located in India due to the COVID-19 restrictions placed on them by the Indian government. This has been done to protect Openreach employees and Indian people. We are therefore unable to place or progress any port orders and number portability has effectively ceased until further notice. […]

Number Porting:
Openreach has closed it’s number portability contact center located in India due to the COVID-19 restrictions placed on them by the Indian government. This has been done to protect Openreach employees and Indian people. We are therefore unable to place or progress any port orders and number portability has effectively ceased until further notice.

Engineer Appointments:

Openreach engineers are asked to avoid close human contact with customers where possible whilst ensuring customers have a working service (working voice and broadband at reasonable speed)

  • Engineering work will first be done outside of the customer’s premises to try to enable working service
  • All non-appointed work will finish at the external point nearest to the premises
  • Appointed work will finish where possible at the nearest point to the premises unless the engineer is unable to get a working service
  • If an engineer cannot get working service outside of the premises, they can enter if they feel it is safe and after asking two questions:
    • Has anyone in the premises been diagnosed with COVID-19, has been asked to self-isolate, or has been travelling to a coronavirus high-risk area or country in the last 14 days?
    • Is anyone in the premises suffering from flu-like symptoms?
  • If the answer to either of those questions is yes, the engineer will not enter the premises and the job will be furthered for reappointment four weeks later
  • If the answer to both questions is no the engineer will enter the premises taking additional precautions (such as asking the end customer to vacate to another room)
  • Time in the premises will be limited to providing service to the NTE – additional work such as removing bridge taps, NTE shifts, internal wiring/additional cabling, etc will not be done

Please be aware that the situation the country is in is fluid and this guidance may change again.

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