Minister promises number portability by end-May

3 Dec 2014

Jamaica’s Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to launching fixed and mobile number portability (NP) by the end of May next year. According to a release from the government’s Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Phillip Paulwell told an ICT conference: ‘I have mandated the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) and all the providers that come 31 May 2015, we will have full portability.’ Authorities initially planned to implement NP in May this year but fixed line and mobile operator LIME said its systems were not ready and it needed more time to prepare for a launch. Paulwell now warns there will be no further delays to the schedule: ‘Those companies that are not ready, they are going to feel the full brunt of the law and the authority that I have, because this has been outstanding for too long and people should have been ready by now.’