CRTC Accelerates Schedule for Wireless Number Portability

20 Dec ’05

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

The CRTC has ordered Canadian cel providers to accelerate their plan for wireless number portability. From the CRTC’s press release:

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today issued a decision requiring all Canadian wireless telephone companies to implement wireless number portability (WNP) by March 14, 2007, in most of Canada. Today’s decision follows a public notice issued on September 16, 2005, in which the Commission invited comments on several issues related to the implementation of WNP.

By March 14, 2007 Bell Mobility, Rogers Wireless and the mobility division of TELUS Communications Inc. will be required to provide WNP to their customers in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Québec. This means that customers in any of these provinces will be able to switch to any service provider in that province (wireline or wireless) and keep their phone number.

Throughout Canada, all wireless carriers will, by the same date, be required to release a phone number to another carrier (port-out customers) and by no later than September 12, 2007, to accept a phone number from another carrier (port-in customers).

I’m increasingly optimistic that the Government’s Telecommunications Policy Review will take an enlightened approach to the importance of competition in telecommunications when it issues its report, scheduled for delivery before the end of the year.

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