Following a consultation with the telecoms industry in 2002, Oftel commissioned an independent consultancy, Mason Communications, to conduct a more detailed study into number portability in the UK. The results of the study will be considered by the newly formed regulating body, Ofcom, who is now responsible for number portability policy.
Mason will be consulting the industry to develop a detailed understanding of the likely costs and implementation issues associated with changing the technical solution for number portability from the current onward routing system to a centralised database.
Ofcom considers that a centralised database to facilitate number portability would provide a number of benefits, including simplifying the process of porting numbers and avoiding problems associated with failed operators. As a result, it is believed that this could stimulate improved competition and provide consumers with greater choice. In general, however, telecoms service providers are concerned that the costs and implementation difficulties of a central database solution would outweigh the benefits. The study has been commissioned to understand these concerns and real issues in more detail.
The study will inform a Regulatory Option Appraisal to consider a range of long-term options, which was established by the Director General of Oftel to assist in forming policy conclusions following further consultation by Ofcom.
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