5 apply for portability admin services
The Office of Utilities Regulations (OUR) has received five applications for number portability administration services to Jamaican telecommunications operators.
The selected provider is expected to develop and manage a central reference database and automated order handling process for inter-operator communications for both fixed and mobile telephony.
The regulator is currently inviting public comments on the applicants, which include one Jamaican and four overseas companies, identified as Productive Business Solutions, Mediafon, Porting Access BV, Telcordia Technologies (Iconectiv) and Teletech DOO
Productive Business Solutions is a subsidiary of Musson Group Jamaica. The company was established in 2001 after Facey Commodity, a member of the Musson Group, acquired the Jamaican operations of international document and printing company Xerox.
The company provides document-management solutions for businesses and is present in 14 Caribbean and Central American markets including Jamaica, Barbados, Belize, Aruba, CuraÁao, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, El Salvador and Costa Rica.
Mediafon is a Lithuanian telecommunications company which its website says is engaged in wholesale call forwarding, fixed and mobile telephone services, fraud prevention and specialised number portability services. The company was established in 1998.
Porting Access BV founded in 2001, is a Dutch numbering solutions provider active in telecommunications and information technology. It claims market share of 80 per cent in the Netherlands and has operations in more than 10 countries including Kenya, Ghana, Panama and Haiti.
Telcordia Technologies Inc, doing business as Iconectiv, is a United States-based company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ericsson. Iconectiv cites itself as a leader in interconnection solutions. It is headquartered in Piscataway, New Jersey, with additional locations around the world, including North America, Europe and Asia.
Teletech DOO is based in Slovenia, Central Europe. Established in 2004, the company describes itself as an outsourcing and management consulting company specialising in development of products, providing software and hardware solutions, services and consultancy in the field of telecommunications, Internet, banking and information technology. The core business of the company is said to be providing number portability solutions for national regulators and operators.
The Government has indicated that number portability, which allows customers to change providers but keep their telephone numbers, should be established by May 2015.
Number portability will be implemented for both fixed and mobile lines. There are two mobile providers in Jamaica - LIME and Digicel - and 12 fixed line licencees.
Applicants invited to manage porting services were instructed to present technical and price proposals. The proposed licence, which has been advertised, will be granted on a competitive basis, the OUR said.