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LIME not fazed by calls for landline number portability

Published:Monday | July 16, 2012 | 7:59 PM

Telecommunications company LIME, says it’s not fazed by Digicel’s call for the impending number portability to be extended to landlines and not only mobile services.

Telecommunications Minister Philip Paulwell says the government is working to have number portability in effect by December to allow people to switch networks but keep their numbers.

Chairman of LIME, Chris Dehring, says the company is aware of the risks associated with such a measure but also takes into consideration the benefits to the customers.

“The reality is that the entire world is more attuned to mobile numbers than fixed line,” he said.

“If somebody wants to get into a business that is not growing globally, that is their purview,” said Dehring.

He says LIME is ready to submit the necessary documents to the Office of Utilities Regulation to fast-track the implementation of number portability.

LIME currently controls the landline telephone market.