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Canada’s wireless industry to implement number portability

The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) has announced that Canada's wireless carriers have agre...


April 21, 2005  


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The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) has announced that Canada’s wireless carriers have agreed to implement number portability in Canada.

Number portability will enable Canada’s wireless customers to keep the same phone number when changing service providers within the same local serving area.

Customers will also be able to keep the same phone number when transferring their landline phone service to wireless service and vice versa.

“In support of the recent federal budget directive to move expeditiously to implement wireless number portability, the CWTA will contract an independent consultant to complete a comprehensive project plan outlining specific milestones for this process,” said CWTA President and CEO Peter Barnes.

It is expected that the plan will be completed by September 1. Upon approval of the plan and agreement on a common start date, both the CWTA and wireless carriers will begin the implementation phase.

According to the CWTA, the initial planning stage is critical to ensure that Canadians are not burdened with the significant implementation challenges that were faced by customers in other countries.