ECTEL rolls out Mobile Number Portability June 3rd, 2019

The Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) has announced that starting today Monday, June 3rd, 2019, Mobile Number Portability (MNP) will be launched in all five ECTEL Member States.

Mobile Number Portability enables consumers to keep their current mobile telephone numbers when switching from one mobile telephone operator to another.  This service removes the inconvenience of phone users having to inform their contacts, family and friends of a new number after changing their mobile service provider.

The formal announcement was made on May 23rd at the 39th ECTEL Council of Ministers meeting at the Harbor Club in Saint Lucia.

ECTEL Council Member and Saint Lucia’s Minister of Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transportation and Civil Aviation, Guy Joseph, complemented the directorate and staff of ECTEL for seeing the Mobile Number Portability project through, despite pushback from telecommunications providers.

However, the Minister said the intention of liberalisation is to attract more than one provider and to take the OECS to the point where “this system is fully open in the way that it can be utilised by the customers.”

An important benefit of Mobile Number Portability, according to Minister Joseph, is that it will allow easier entry of another provider into the telecommunications sector.

Information on Mobile Number Portability is available through the NTRC or at www.ectel.int/mnp.