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  • MSTEM is consulting with the OUR to determine the extent of the agency’s authority to ensure number portability implementation.
  • Minister Robinson noted that there “are still some uncertainties and there are still some factors that we don’t have full control over at this point in time.”
  • Number portability will allow users of mobile and fixed telephones to retain numbers assigned to them, in the event that they choose to switch service providers.

The Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining is consulting with the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) to determine the extent of the agency’s authority to ensure that all telephone service providers adhere to the May 2015 timeline for number portability implementation.

“LIME (telecom service provider) hasn’t been able to give us a date as yet for when they can implement full number portability. At the last meeting of the working group they could not provide us with a definitive date. They said for mobile they could do the timeline as we have indicated here, but they couldn’t provide a date on full (landline),” Mr. Robinson said.

The State Minister was speaking at a press briefing, held at the Ministry’s New Kingston office on June 12.

He noted that there “are still some uncertainties and there are still some factors that we don’t have full control over at this point in time.”

“The reality is there have been countries where they have taken four years in implementing this. I know the public is extremely impatient and having heard deadlines change over and over again, probably a little skeptical as well. The projections we have made are based on discussions with all the players at this point in time and that is what we are working towards,” Mr. Robinson said.

Number portability will allow users of mobile and fixed telephones to retain numbers assigned to them, in the event that they choose to switch service providers.

The number portability process is being overseen by a Technical Working Group comprising representatives of the Ministry, OUR, and the telecommunications service providers.