Number Portability Amendment being Considered by Parliament

The bill which allows citizens to change mobile carriers without changing numbers is said to be up for discussion at parliament today.

This follows a meeting to the Cabinet last week by the APUA General Manager and a telecommunications expert to address the amendment to the Telecommunications Act.

The 1951 law is to be amended in order to allow the portability of cell phone numbers.

At this moment, a customer wishing to change his/her phone carrier has to change telephone number as well.

The government says the object of the amendment to the law is to ensure that customers can keep their numbers but utilize another phone carrier.

The 1951 law requires the establishment of a Commission or some other neutral body that will oversee the management of the system.