The Communications Act, 2009 (Comms Act) establishes the law applicable to the Electronic Communications Sector (ECS) in The Bahamas. It empowers the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) as the independent regulator of the sector. The Comms Act charges URCA with the responsibility for implementing the Electronic Communications Sector Policy (ECSP) and enforcing the provisions of the Comms Act, which includes a duty to manage state assets such as numbering resources. In accordance with that duty, Section 79 of the Comms Act requires URCA to:
- Publish a numbering plan for The Bahamas that is in compliance with applicable international numbering standards including the North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA); and
- Make rules for the allocation and assignment of numbers to licensees.
OBJECTIVES OF THIS DOCUMENT Pursuant to its functions under the Comms Act, URCA has prepared this document to advise interested parties regarding the current allocation of numbering resources under The Bahamas National Numbering Plan (the NNP). This document, therefore, has the following objectives:
- To advise interested parties that URCA has published the NNP;
- To present a brief overview of the NNP; and
- To update interested parties on the allocation of resources under the NNP.