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Wheatley bashes Paulwell on missing number portability deadline

Published:Monday | June 1, 2015 | 1:02 PM
Andrew Wheatley

Opposition Spokesman on Science, ICT & Digital Society Development, Dr Andrew Wheatley, has slammed portfolio Minister, Phillip Paulwell, for another delay in the implementation of Number Portability.

Number portability was scheduled for implementation on June 1.

However, last Friday, the Technology Ministry granted a 18-day extension to telephony service providers to allow them to have their infrastructure up and running.

The extension was reportedly granted following a request from stakeholder partners for additional time.

The new implementation date is now set for Monday, June 22.

According to the Opposition Spokesman, this is the fifth delay for the number portability implementation.

He says Jamaicans have grown frustrated with the Minister’s grand announcements.

Wheatley says regardless of the challenges which have led to the repeated delays, the buck stops with Paulwell.

He says Paulwell has been shifting the timeline for implementation over the past three years.

Wheatley says this latest foul-up is confirmation that the Technology Minister has no clue what is required to successfully implement number portability.

He says Paulwell has shown utter contempt for the Jamaican consumer by continuing to allow telecoms providers to miss these deadlines without stiff penalties.