6/26/2008 10:50:00 AM
Networks drag heels over two-hour number porting plans
Plans for speedier number porting are in danger of falling behind schedule because of delays caused by networks, according to the chairman of the organisation responsible for the changes.
Porting times were cut from seven to two days in March, and Ofcom wants this to be reduced further to just two hours by September 2009.
Networks have been critical of the plans, raising concerns about the cost of the project and claims of a possible increase in slamming.
However, chairman of UKPorting Peter Black has now asked mobile and fixed-line operators to ‘raise their game’, as fears mount that the project’s deadlines could be missed.
Black said: ‘I am concerned that on a few occasions, decisions that were believed to be behind us have been re-opened by some communication providers leading to inevitable delays.’
One of the issues highlighted by Black involves the move from recipient-led to donor-led porting, which networks claim could increase slamming.
Black said: ‘It is disappointing to find again, that decisions made in good faith and given guidance by Ofcom are being re-opened by some communication providers, inevitably leading to unplanned delays at a stage when we should be consolidating our approach and moving on.
‘Things are moving forward, but not as fast as I would have liked.’
Vodafone has been vociferous in its opposition of the plan to reduce the time to two hours.
Vodafone’s three-day hearing at the Competition Appeals Tribunal (CAT) concluded at the end of last week. A decision is expected to be made by the CAT in the next few weeks.