Number portability now ‘a priority issue’

20 Nov 2009

According to Jamaica’s Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) mobile number portability is now a priority issue, as the Caribbean island prepares to apply to the North American Numbering Plan (NANP) for a new batch of codes. Jamaica was assigned eight million usable numbers in 1997, but has just a million left, according to Maurice Charvis, OUR deputy director general. ‘To go to North American Numbering Plan – to say we want new codes – we have to show that we have used the existing ones efficiently, and part of that has to do with number portability, because it increases the efficiency of usage, so we need to investigate the feasibility of that before we go and apply for a new area code.’