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Number Portability Deadline Extended

Published:Friday | May 29, 2015 | 5:17 PM

Telecommunications industry participants have been granted an 18-day extension in order to facilitate the roll-out of Local Number Portability (LNP). The new date is Monday, June 22, 2015.

While expressing disappointment that the scheduled date, May 31, 2015 (with operational date of Monday, June 1, 2015) will be missed, technology minister Phillip Paulwell noted that Lime, one of the major players in the industry indicated, during an emergency meeting earlier this afternoon, explained that it required additional time to conduct tests and correct any glitches detected.

The minister also announced that in addition to the continued oversight role of the Number Portability Working Group (comprising representatives of all telecommunications service providers; the OUR and representative of consumer groups) "a dedicated project manager will be assigned to monitor and assess the development of the porting process during this extended period virtually on a daily basis and provide me and the regulatory authorities with regular updates."

"We have granted the extension based on the expressed commitment of industry players to work together to ensure the seamless roll-out of number portability in this country. The concession will allow for critical tests to ensure optimum performance and prevent any calamitous system failure that would negatively impact the entire service, impede the porting process and erode consumer satisfaction and confidence," the minister stated.

He emphasised that the extended schedule ought to be sufficient to facilitate the ongoing comprehensive tests required and that any further delay is untenable.