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Flow the main stumbling block to mobile number portability- Hon Fraser

- MCW Minister Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) said the introduction of mobile number portability in VI it is not a 'simple' matter
Opposition Member Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3), left, stated in the House of Assembly that Flow is the main stumbling block to mobile number portability in the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/Internet Source
Mobile number portability enables a cell phone customer to keep their phone number if they wish to change from one network carrier to another. Photo: OECS Business Focus
Mobile number portability enables a cell phone customer to keep their phone number if they wish to change from one network carrier to another. Photo: OECS Business Focus
Minister for Communications and Works, Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) has stated that the VI government is in agreement with pursuing mobile number portability and intends to create a legislation to address the matter. Photo: VINO/File
Minister for Communications and Works, Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) has stated that the VI government is in agreement with pursuing mobile number portability and intends to create a legislation to address the matter. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN Tortola, VI – The long standing request for mobile number portability in the territory was discussed in the Eighth Sitting of the Second Session of the Third House of Assembly (HoA) on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by the Opposition Member Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3).

Mobile number portability enables a cell phone customer to keep their phone number if they wish to change from one network carrier to another.

Hon Fraser explained that mobile number portability has already been effective in a number of countries and it is time for the Virgin Islands to join in this technological advancement.

The Dominican Republic launched mobile number portability in 2009, French West Indies in April 2006, the Cayman islands in 2012, Jamaica in June 2015 and Trinidad and Tobago in October 2016.

Not a ‘simple’ matter- Hon Vanterpool

In response to questions posed by Hon Fraser to the Minister for Communications and Works, Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) stated that the government is in agreement with pursuing mobile number portability and intend to create a legislation to address the matter.

He further commented that the implementation of mobile number portability is not as simple as people think but the government is pursuing this new technological venture.

“It is not as simple as it sounds because it involves the carriers who have numbers that they consider specific to them, and therefore they will have to make adjustments and allow numbers to be used across carriers- the codes that they use. It is not impossible but it has implications.”

The Minister for Communications and Works assured the HoA that decisions will be made in how the government moves forward, as soon as the research is completed.

“The Ministry of Communications and Works is currently conducting research on local number portability, which includes both technical and non-technical aspects to make it functional. It also requires legislative amendment where possible; and potential cost implications. Once this research has been completed, a decision will be made to determine whether or not to pursue this initiative as a territory.”

Flow ‘the main culprit’

Honourable Fraser; however, disagreed with Honourable Vanterpool when he stated that it is not as easy as it looks.

The Third District Representative, who is credited with bringing telecommunications provider Digicel to the Virgin Islands, suggested that “it is simple; simpler than you make it sound.”

The Opposition Member then implied that Flow is the major stumbling block in the Communications and Works Minister not being able to move forward.

“The number of (phone) numbers that we have in this country, if it on a piece of paper, I could fold it up and stick it in one pocket. Big United States and most other industrialised countries are doing it. The one culprit is Flow; that’s the one culprit really. You talking about carriers.”

Hon Fraser did not give an explanation as to why he singled out Flow.

11 Responses to “Flow the main stumbling block to mobile number portability- Hon Fraser”

  • change (17/06/2017, 08:05) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    Must come. Frazer - THE LIBERATOR. A MAN WITHOUT FEAR.
  • Overhead Cables (17/06/2017, 08:51) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Can't you see that a phone company that often changes its name frequently is a crappy one.
    All-in-all , they're still "Cable And Worthless", and they always will be.
  • Oh come on (17/06/2017, 09:51) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sell us the numbers then?
  • help help (17/06/2017, 09:52) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    He fraser is a lone voice in the wilderness
  • True (17/06/2017, 10:37) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    the stumbling blocks for the carriers is they charge each other different rates for each carrier linking to their network
    • Reply (17/06/2017, 17:28) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      I generally abhor conspiracy theories
      • True (17/06/2017, 20:54) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        not conspiracy its printed in black and white the rates for calling each carrier is different if they were all the same there would be no problem issuing PAC numbers( numbers required to switch networks) simple...
  • voter (17/06/2017, 11:18) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Fraser is still fighting for the people, we miss him
  • Spoil Brats (18/06/2017, 18:12) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Guys before you start shooting your mouths off whining like some spoil brats you need to sit down and weigh in on the pros and cons. This is not going to come without a cost; there will definitely be financial, technological, ethical and sundry costs involved with this change. MCW, if you stick to utilitarian measures you will do good for the country and not trying to pass laws for the sake of those few with 'insatiable palates.'
    • Wrong (21/06/2017, 13:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      this is very easily done and is done among Digicel and Flow around the Caribbean for years and in other countries. they are just holding the bvi people back thinking they are so insular-minded they will stand for these outdated practices that pillage the consumers - CCT ties to government a problem which is similar to why we should have been saving money a year ago at RTW
  • Hmmmmm! (21/06/2017, 04:43) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    HOW ABOUT IMPROVING WHAT WE HAVE ALREADY? INTERNET IN THIS COUNTRY SUCKS REALLY BAD. NOT CONSISTENT WHEN UPLOADING AND DOWNLOADING . STREAMING IS REALLY BAD. YOU HAVE TO PAY 1000.00 OR MORE TO GET WHAT THEY CALL A DIA LINE TO GET ANY SIGN OF STABILITY AND EVEN AT TIMES, IT SUCKS. YOU ARE PAYING 99.00 FOR 4MB OF INTERNET A MONTH . I MEAN REALLY? IN THIS DAY AND AGE. I THINK THE BVI IS BEING HELD HOSTAGE BY THE CURRENT CARRIERS BECAUSE THEY KNOW THE TRC CANNOT AND DO NOT HAVE A CLUE ON WHAT TO DO. CABLE TV IS ALL SPANISH NOW IN AN ENGLISH SPEAKING COUNTRY AND DUE TO ALL THIS WILLFUL HELD BACK, THE PRIVATE INDUSTRY IS NOT GROWING. WE CANNOT EVEN GET ANY TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES COME IN BECAUSE OF SLOW AND HORRIBLE SERVICE. IMAGINE DOMINICA AND OTHER CARICOM COUNTRIES HAVE FASTER, BETTER PRICED INTERNET THAN THE BVI WHO IS MORE AMERICAN THAN BRITISH . DIGICEL SAY THEY HAVE LTE SERVICE BUT LOOK AT THE PRICE. 250.00 UNLIMITED BUT IT IS SO RESTRICTED IT IS NOT FUNNY . FLOW HAVE LINES ( ADSL ) BUT YOU HAVE TO GET A HOME LINE FIRST WHEN MOST PEOPLE ARE MOBILE AND HARDLY AT HOME. I THINK FIX THE SERVICE FIRST IS A BETTER COURSE .


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