The Dominican Republic’s telecoms regulator, Instituto Dominicano de las Telecomunicaciones (Indotel), has confirmed the implementation of number portability (NP), Panorama Diario reports. Jose Rafael Vargas, Indotel’s president, announced the launch, noting the ‘enthusiastic integration’ carried out by the country’s operators. Work on the implementation of NP began back in 2006, as part of the Dominican Republic’s commitments made through the Dominican Republic – Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA), culminating with the regulator selecting El Corte Ingles to manage the central database and transaction database in March 2009.
Mr Vargas said that the development was one of the most important steps in regulatory policy that has been adopted in the Dominican Republic so far, claiming that it would ‘always [be] beneficial for users and also allow important investments to benefit the sector and of the Dominican population.’ Indotel has also revealed that customers will pay DOP80 (USD2.23) to port their numbers, and this charge can be broken down in to four DOP20 payments and added to the user’s telephone bill. The switchover time is expected to be between 24 and 72 hours.