The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) launched two major initiatives: an information and public awareness campaign in the lead up to the September 3rd implementation of Number Portability, and a public consultation exercise to establish regulations for the protection of consumers in the electronic communications sector (ECS).
Number portability for landlines will become available in The Bahamas on September 3rd, in places where there is more than one fixed line telephone services provider. Currently that includes four islands: Abaco, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama and New Providence.
By a competitive process PortingXS was selected to provide the system which makes number portability work. PortingXS provides and manages number portability services in many places, including the Cayman Islands, Panama, Ghana, Kenya, Chanel Islands (Guernsey and Jersey) the Isle of Man, the Netherlands and Gibraltar. The company’s locally based and incorporated subsidiary, Porting Access Bahamas, LLC, is licensed by URCA, to provide and operate the Number Portability Administration Service in The Bahamas.