Bahamian telecoms regulator the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a number portability (NP) administration service, and has sketched out plans for the implementation of fixed NP. Whilst the Bahamian mobile segment is currently a monopoly, the URCA has determined that mobile number portability (MNP) must be in place for the introduction of competition. The URCA’s working group for NP has set 29 June as a deadline for responses for NP administration, and will assess the proposals and submit a shortlist in August 2012, to be approved the following month, with a final winner to be decided by November that year. Operator testing is to be completed by April 2013 with a full launch expected the following month.
In other Bahamas news, the Bahamas Telecommunication Company (BTC) has issued an apology to customers in New Providence and Andros after subscribers in those areas reported experiencing dropped and blocked calls. BTC spokesperson Jerome Sawyer said that the company was ‘fully engaged in resolving this particular issue’. BTC this weekend completed the first phase of a three-stage upgrade involving the replacement of existing infrastructure with a new platform from Swedish vendor Ericsson. The company did not say whether the problems were related to the development work.