Bahamian watchdog the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) has published its third final determination on fixed number portability (FNP) cost allocation and recovery. URCA has determined that licensees must bear their own internal setup fees, with no option to recover the costs from consumers or other operators, although common industry system costs will be shared equally amongst licensees offering FNP. Meanwhile the regulator has decided to shield consumers from the cost of switching operator, ruling that neither the donor nor the recipient provider may charge porting fees to customers. Donor operators may, however, levy a charge of BSD4 (USD3.98) on the recipient provider for each successful porting transaction (a single porting transaction may include the transfer of more than one number).
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