TMA dismisses 'data cleaning day'



Antony Savvas

Despite chaos among telecoms firms and their users after the introduction of the new Big Number telephone changes, a national...



Antony Savvas

Despite chaos among telecoms firms and their users after the introduction of the new Big Number telephone changes, a national "data cleaning day" to help address technical problems will not help, according to theTelecommunications Man-agers'Association (TMA).

Consultancy Dun & Bradstreet said a data cleaning day would prompt outstanding changes companies still need to make to their databases, ISDN equipment, and call logging systems, to cope with the new numbers which came into effect on 22 April.

In the run-up to 22 April, it was estimated only a fifth of businesses were fully ready for the changes. But TMA director-general David Harrington believes the slackers will make the changes in their own time, seeing that the long-running Big Number industry awareness campaign did not make them complete the changes, and that a single day will not have much of an impact.

The TMA's position on data cleaning was established before the return to work after the Easter break, which saw employees unable to make local calls through their switchboards.

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