Residents will soon be able to switch mobile providers without changing their number

Melford Nicholas

The Government of Antigua & Barbuda is moving ahead with plans to implement number portability here.

This follows a recent announcement by the regional telecom body ECTEL that it will be doing so in member states next month.

At the moment, a customer who is dis-satisfied with the services of a provider must change his telephone number if he wishes to switch to another provider.

The Cabinet which discussed the matter yesterday agreed to alter that outcome.

The object of the change in the existing six-decade-old legislation is to ensure that customers can switch without having to change their telephone numbers.

This change is especially welcomed by businesses.

The matter will go to Parliament next Thursday, providing the draft legislation has been earlier prepared.

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  1. Wow, this is happening 10 years after every other country on the planet has passed laws like these. Oh well, better late than never. Finally get to change mobile companies!

  2. Oh well !!!!!!!! What can i say? I guess we love to be among the last to see the need of serving the general public as the people should be.

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