LIME puts the squeeze on government for MNP

12 Oct 2011

Jamaica’s UK-backed cellco, LIME is pushing for the implementation of mobile number portability (MNP). After failing to block the merger of its two rivals, Claro and Digicel, LIME is seeking to improve the conditions for competition in the wireless market by spearheading the drive for MNP. With MNP, customers can switch operators and keep their original phone number, reducing the incentive to stay with their existing provider. According to local news reports, the telco’s managing director for Jamaica, Gary Sinclair, is asking for the government to begin consultation for MNP immediately.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, Claro and Digicel received approval for the merger on the condition that the combined operator continues to build and run two separate networks. LIME challenged the legality of the approval in the Supreme Court, but it was overturned as the court neither supported LIME’s claim, nor had the power to overturn the regulator’s decision.