Number portability enables consumers to keep their telephone numbers when switching between communications providers. This document concerns the level of wholesale porting charges that mobile communications providers charge each other in order to recover certain costs associated with the provision of mobile number portability.
General Condition 18 (GC18) places obligations on communications providers to provide number portability. These include, among other things, the requirement that wholesale porting charges are cost-oriented and based on the incremental costs of providing portability.
In September 2014 we published guidance on how communications providers should set charges to meet these obligations, and in March 2015 published a Statement setting out the maximum level of charges for the period 1 May 2015 to 31 March 2018. In July 2017, we consulted on proposals based on updated analysis of the maximum level of charges for the period April 2018 to March 2021. This document sets out our decision on the maximum level of those charges.
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