The Jamaican Office of Utilities Regulations (OUR) has begun the search for a firm to manage the country’s number portability (NP) systems ahead of a planned launch of the service in May 2015. The chosen company will be expected to develop and manage a central reference database and automated order handling process for inter-operator communications for both fixed and mobile telephony, the OUR says. NP had been due to be introduced earlier this year but was pushed back by twelve months when fixed and cellular operator LIME revealed that it would not be ready to implement the system. It has now committed to having its mobile number portability (MNP) system ready by the target date of May 2015 but has still to confirm whether or not it will meet the same deadline for fixed line services, the Jamaica Gleaner writes.
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