The people of Barbados should finally be able to take advantage of number portability by the end of 2018, some three years after the Fair Trading Commission (FTC) originally envisioned it. Prime Minister Freundel Stuart told Parliament on 6 February 2018 that ‘we confidently expect that by the end of this year, by December 2018, the Local Number Portability Project [launched by the Division of Telecommunications in September 2017] would have been completed,’ BarbadosToday reported. Back in 2015 the FTC approved the merger of full-service operator C&W (then branded LIME) and rival Columbus International (trading as Flow), as a condition of which it ruled that the merged entity must meet the deadline for technical readiness for Local Number Portability (LNP) in its fixed network by 30 September 2015, and for Mobile Number Portability (MNP) by 30 November 2015. Those dates came and went, however.
Stuart added in his latest address to MPs: ‘The objective of this project is to give Barbadians the ability to change their telecommunications service provider without having to change their number … at minimal cost’.