9/26/2008 4:34:00 PM
Larger networks to shun future porting talks with Ofcom
Ofcom’s drive to improve porting speeds has taken another hit after the largest operators cut ties with UkPorting, an organisation set up by Ofcom to address the issue.
It is thought Vodafone, Orange and O2 were amongst operators that told Ofcom in a private meeting yesterday that they would no longer communicate with UKPorting.
The operators decisions were taken off the back of Vodafone’s legal victory over Ofcom and 3 at the CAT judgement earlier this week, which has effectively prevented any immediate possibility of porting speeds improving.
Ofcom has released a statement to express its disappointment over the operators decisions to cut ties with UKPorting. The regulator said in full:
‘We are disappointed that some operators have decided not to progress with UKPorting, the industry organisation that was set up with the remit of improving the process of porting telephone numbers when moving suppliers.
‘This is especially disappointing given the progress that industry had already made through cooperation.
‘In light of this, we will now move quickly to re-consider options for further improvements to the UK porting arrangements for the benefit of UK consumers. It is to be regretted that industry has missed a chance to make progress in this work without the need for further regulatory action.
‘We will now seek urgent discussions with the operators to progress these issues so that consumers can benefit from an improved porting process.’
3 and Ofcom had appeared at the CAT judgement to argue for a change to the current legislation to move the porting time period from seven days to around 24 hours. Vodafone was suppprted by O2, Orange, T-Mobile and BT.