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Number portability back on the table

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Stakeholders and partners involved in the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority’s number portability initiative are in the second day of two-day meeting to address the current status of a number portability project.
The meeting, which is being held at Bay Gardens, Begonia Conference Room also includes face to face interaction with individual service providers.
The meeting, the first for the year, is bringing together members of the Number Portability Industry Working Group, including service providers. 
ECTEL’s Director of Technical Services, Andrew Millet, says the expected outcome of this week’s engagement is a detailed project work plan and commitment from providers that will ensure the project becomes a reality in all Member States, during the calendar year. 
Number Portability (NP) enables telephone users to retain their telephone number when changing from one network operator to another. It is considered to be a key factor in enhancing competition in a multi-operator environment. 
Some of its benefits include: elimination of the cost of businesses and residential customers of number change and the tedious process of informing others of this change; lowering of the cost of switching service providers; more efficient allocation of limited numbering resources; and a more level competitive environment, with lowered barriers to entry for new service providers.