The former monopoly fixed line and mobile provider in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Flow (SVG), has said that the planned introduction of full Local Number Portability (LNP) in the islands has been delayed to allow further testing to take place. The operator’s general manager Wayne Hull confirmed that people wishing to port their number to a different supplier will have to wait a few more weeks, with LNP now expected in May. ‘We have successfully implemented number portability. It’s still in the testing phase and I’m really happy to report that [it has been] successful and we are the first in the Eastern Caribbean to do this, to port numbers.’
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database LNP is being implemented in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines by the regional regulator, the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL), working in conjunction with local watchdog, the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC). In September 2018 ECTEL announced that the porting of numbers would be launched in all ECTEL member states on 19 November 2018. The date was agreed at a meeting held on 12 September by the working group set up to oversee the implementation of LNP. The scheme will allow for fixed number portability (FNP) and mobile number portability (MNP) within each ECTEL member state – Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and SVG – giving consumers the flexibility to move their fixed and mobile voice services to the provider of their choice.