Robinson’s Excuses for More Number Portability Delays are Weak - Wheatley

Release Date: 
Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 16:15

Opposition spokesperson on ICT and Digital Economy Development, Dr. Andrew Wheatley, has labeled State Minister Julian Robinson’s explanation for
further delays on the implementation of Number portability as unacceptable and weak.

Dr. Wheatley said “Minister Robinson’s explanation on his Ministry’s failure to implement number portability since they announced plans two (2) years ago is totally unacceptable and weak.  He could never be claiming that he was not  aware of these issues 2 years ago, yet they have shifted the deadline 4 times.  The only explanation must therefore be that the Ministry is not serious about the issue and is also planning badly."

Dr. Wheatley stated that in his opinion, given the high number of persons who use mobile phones compared to land-lines,  there is no reason why mobile number portability cannot proceed ahead of land-line line portability, especially when the majority of beneficiaries don’t own a land-line.  He said: “Just under 2 million people use mobile phones, almost 8 times the number of land-line subscribers.  As there is no technical reason why they cant be done at different times, why should the majority of persons be held up for a small number of users? “

He continued: “In any event, what the government should do is to stop talking and act by setting strict deadlines for the completion of both portability regimes and hold the service providers accountable for meeting these deadlines.”

In concluding, Dr. Wheatley said that “Number Portability is about bringing greater benefits and freedom of choice to the Jamaican people.  If the government was acting in the best interest of the people of Jamaica, it would not allow the portability agenda to be delayed and dictated by any service provider.”

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