biNumber portability a hang-up for true landline competition

TRUE competition in landline phone use will not come into being until customers can take their number with them when they switch operators, says the head of phone business Y:tel, Gary Whipp.

Head of phone business Y:tel, Gary Whipp
Head of phone business Y:tel, Gary Whipp

TRUE competition in landline phone use will not come into being until customers can take their number with them when they switch operators, says the head of phone business Y:tel, Gary Whipp.

It was announced last week by the Island's competition authority that it intends to force JT to provide a wholesale landline product to competitors.

The change will be brought into effect during the first half of next year and will also come into force in Guernsey where Sure Cable & Wireless is the dominant operator.

Mr Whipp said that his company had been working with the regulator to introduce what is known as 'number portability' as this aspect of providing a wholesale landline product was 'key' and was being 'overlooked'.

The chief executive of the Channel Islands Competition Regulatory Authority, Andrew Riseley said that the number transfer would not be in the first wave of wholesale products available. 'It is likely to come towards the end of 2013 or beginning of 2014,' he said.

Comments for: "biNumber portability a hang-up for true landline competition"

Finding Me;Mo

Someone didn't do their homework ,again. At least no postmen have been harmed in the production of this enterprise.

Tom Dent

Being a former resident of Jersey & now a resident of Australia, our major phone company (Telstra) resisted the portability of phone numbers for many years, which stifled most competition in this country. Portability was finally introduced several years ago by the federal government & guess what we now have some real competition in the telecommunications industry & the consumers have benefited ! Deja Vue.

Tom Dent (Canberra)

Tony L-W

I'm sure that Batelco's proposed acquisition of CWC interest in the Channel Islands in addition to The Maldives, Isle of Man, Seychelles, South Atlantic and other areas, will add much-needed pressure and further commercial competition to the local telecom's sector.

Bo

And when will it be sorted so we can have broadband via cable or fibre with out the need to pay for phone line also?

This can be done as you can have a phone line without broadband but to my amazement JT refuse this the other way around as they just want to rip you off for two lots of rental on the same copper cable or fibre!!!!!!

slinky

This will happen and is called naked DSL. You will not have to pay for the phone line rental at some point in the future.

However the wholesale price of broadband will need to go up to cover the access network (copper / fibre in the ground) elements which are covered by your phone line rental at the moment. So it will be cheaper but you wont lose the whole phone line rental that you are paying at the moment.

People don't seem to twig that the phone line rental covers the access network and the broadband charge covers a completely different element.