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LIME readies for local number portability

LIME | 2015-01-22 00:00:00

“We welcome the introduction of LNP to Jamaica’s telecoms market. The potential for consumer and national benefits are tremendous,” declared LIME CEO Garry Sinclair with regards to the scheduled May 31, 2015 implementation of Local Number Portability (LNP).

LNP offers subscribers the freedom to change service providers and keep their phone numbers. “LNP removes the final barrier for more customers to experience the value LIME offers, so, in effect, the customer wins, “explained LIME Vice President, Marketing, Carlo Redwood. Freedom of choice traditionally lowers consumers’ costs and increases personal and business efficiency.

LIME supports Minister of Science, Technology, Mining and Energy, Phillip Paulwell in his sustained advocacy for the benefits of LNP.  As a result, the Telecom is in the process of putting the technology and process together to meet the Minister’s deadline and to provide a smooth switching experience for subscribers.

LIME is committing a significant investment to facilitate the necessary infrastructure upgrades. “Our teams have already started to make these investments and I am pleased to announce that we have fast-tracked the technical network-readiness component,” Sinclair remarked. 

The LNP introduction process also requires the input of several Government agencies, regulators, service providers and corporate interests. In brief, the process also includes the appointment of a Number Portability Central Reference Database and Order Handling (CRDBOH) Provider to be announced by the Office of Utilities and Regulation (OUR). Thereafter, extensive network testing to preserve functionality ahead of the LNP platform will precede the launch less than four months away.

The complexity and island-wide impact of the Project demand that the LNP rollout follows the proper steps. Under the guidance of the OUR, the supervision of the Minister, the participation of other service providers and with the support of LIME, all are working together for a smooth launch.

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