Member States of the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority-ECTEL will advance plans to move to number portability later this month.

Number Portability enables telephone users to retain their telephone number when changing from one network operator to another. It is considered to be a key factor in enhancing competition in a multi-operator environment.

Some of its benefits include lowering of the cost of switching service providers; more efficient allocation of limited numbering resources and a more level competitive environment, with lowered barriers to entry for new service providers.

ECTEL’s Director of Technical Services, Andrew Millet says the two services that will be launched are mobile and fixed line portability. He says it is expected that mobile portability will be launched first, hopefully before the end of 2016, followed by fixed line portability.

ECTEL will convene a workshop on November 18th, 2015 to advance the process of officially introducing number portability to all its Member States including Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the Commonwealth of Dominica, St. Lucia and St. Kitts and Nevis.

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