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Number Portability looks likely whether Digicel likes it or not ?

A Mobile number portability (MNP) service enables mobile phone users to change their service providers without changing their original number. Its purpose is to foster consumer choice and effective competition by enabling subscribers to switch between providers without the costs and inconvenience of changing telephone number. It can also be

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  • Thanks for that information Jose.

  • AT&T does not have the 4th license in Jamaica, it was returned. The Spectrum Management Authority tried to award this license again and the company that was supposed to develop the network was Solutrea. This didn’t prosper as this new company couldn’t pay for the license nor have the financial backing to deploy a network.

    Regards,

    Jose F. Otero
    President
    Signals Consulting

  • Goood point David…as I’ve been saying…a damn interesting year for mobile unfolding.

  • Unfortunately NONE of the telecoms are focusing firstly on the customers.

    They support or are against number portability based on business decisions that do not take into consideration the customers.

    If Digicel truly believed in providing the best CUSTOMER service then they would support any initiative to empower customers.

    Never forget as well that AT&T still has the 4th cell license to my knowledge. Number portability might finally make the Jamaican market attractive enough to them to finally enter as a 4th entity OR buy LIME.

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  • @Josef, thanks for that input so as I had said…it depends on what position a telco is in a particular market which determines their openess to MNP or not. As you said in some markets America Movil (which owns Claro here) is not happy about MNP while in jamaica they are the aggressive proponents of it.

  • I had a conversation about this yesterday at lunch, sharing idea about how it should be managed. One reasonable idea was to have the OUR establish an agency which is funded by the OUR and the telcos. For the telcos they would fund the agency base on volume and the OUR through a yearly budget to supplement and assisted oversight.

    As you said Ingrid, this is going to be an exciting year in mobile. We should now work on getting short codes in Jamaica and restructure the business model across all the telcos so that the people with the original ideas don’t get shafted on the revenue.

  • Operators are against the implementation of Number Portability when they concentrate the largest number of subscribers in a market. On the other hand, Signals Consulting’s research shows that implementation of number portability DOES NOT translate into the smaller players gaining customers. In fact, in most cases it is the larger operator who benefits from the implementation of number portability.

    BTW, Claro (America Movil) is in favor of number portability in Jamaica while Digicel is against it. Looking into other markets we see that in Colombia and Mexico America Movil was not in favor of its implementation. On the other hand, Digicel is a string advocate in favor of number portability in El Salvador, Honduras, and Panama.

    Regards,

    Jose F. Otero
    President
    Signals Consulting

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