Johannesburg — AN independent voice and data provider has welcomed further implementation of the principle of number portability as envisioned in the draft number portability regulations currently under review in South Africa.

Otel Communications believes the exercise is a welcome additional step in the liberalisation of the local telecommunications sector.

Rad Jankovic, the Otel Chief Executive Officer, says the focus should now be on the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (ICASA’s) speedy review of the comments received during the public consultation process which ended in January .

“It’s now almost one month since the deadline for written submissions on the draft regulations expired,” he says.

The technology executive notes that South Africa is gripped with a new urgency following the installation of President Cyril Ramaphosa.

“This desire to get things quickly moving in the right direction should extend to the telecoms regulator which must now be encouraged to finalise the revision of the number portability regulations of 2005,” Jankovic says.