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  • Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, says that number portability will be in place by May next year.
  • Number portability allows users of mobile and fixed telephones to retain numbers assigned to them, if they choose to switch service providers.
  • The Government had previously targeted May 2014 to implement number portability but this was revised after telecommunications provider LIME indicated that it would not be ready.

Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, says that number portability will be in place by May next year.

Number portability allows users of mobile and fixed telephones to retain numbers assigned to them, if they choose to switch service providers.

The Government had previously targeted May 2014 to implement number portability but this was revised after telecommunications provider LIME indicated that it would not be ready.  The other service providers, Digicel and FLOW, while stating they had received the “necessary approvals and budgets” to implement number portability, had advised the Government that they would not embark on the process “unless it is done in full.”

Speaking at the re-launch of the up-graded Ligunea Post Office Internet Cafe on October 9, Minister Paulwell indicated that LIME is now ready.

“In a very short while those of you who want to join LIME’s service will be able to freely move by way of portability from one network to LIME because of the changes that are being contemplated by the end of May next year,” he stated.

He said the Government is determined to meet the new deadline, as number portability is important in improving the country’s business competitiveness.

Mr. Paulwell said the Government is making strides in improving access to telecommunications services, and challenged Jamaicans to get on board and become part of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) revolution.