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Number portability coming to T&T

Published: 
Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Telecommunications Authority also announced last week that mobile to mobile number portability would start in T&T on February 26, 2015 and that fixed to mobile number portability would start on May 1, 2015.

Number portability is the ability of a customer to retain the same telephone number when they change their telephone provider. the telecom regulator said that the interconnection regulations requires concessionaires to “configure its network to facilitate number portability between similar networks, as and when directed by the authority.”

TATT said that it published a policy document on the issue on September 30, 2012 and on January 15, 2013 it started meeting all operators who are required to implement number portability. The operators are Colombus Communications, Digicel, Lisa Communications, Open Telecom, TSTT and Three Sixty Communications.

“The authority required that each said operator conduct an assessment of its state of readiness so as to deduce the most appropriate date of commencement for the implementation of mobile to mobile number portability and fixed to mobile number portability,” said the announcement. The notice on number portability came in a “determination that is binding upon all operators so required by the authority to implement number portability.”

According to the document, the determination takes effect on the day that it is published. The determination was signed by TATT chairman Selby Wilson on July 31 but was posted on the regulator’s Web site on Thursday.