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URCA publishes Draft Annual Plan 2017
Friday December 23rd, 2016

The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (“URCA”) is pleased to publish its Draft Annual Plan for 2017 (URCA 02/2016). This document outlines:

  • A brief review of URCA’s achievements in 2016;
  • URCA’s focus areas and key priorities for 2017;
  • URCA’s key projects for 2017, including its planned consultation schedule for the year;
  • A series of the key performance indicators which URCA shall use to measure its performance during the year; and
  • URCA’s budget for the forthcoming financial year.

URCA hereby invites and welcomes comments and submissions from members of the public, licensees and other interested parties on the matters contained in this Draft Annual Plan.

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URCA issues Preliminary Determination on Mobile Number Portability in The Bahamas
Friday December 23rd, 2016

On December 14, 2016 Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) issued its Preliminary Determination providing for the implementation of Mobile Number Portability in The Bahamas (ECS 40/2016). The full document is available for download from URCA’s website at www.urcabahamas.bs. Number Portability (NP) enables persons to keep their telephone number(s) when switching providers, and while The Bahamas has benefitted from NP in respect of fixed telephone numbers since December 2013, NP for mobile telephone numbers is being implemented following the introduction of cellular mobile competition.

Subject to consideration of comments received from interested parties, URCA is proposing in this preliminary determination to have mobile NP implemented and operational in The Bahamas from 14 February 2017.

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