First Appeal Under the Jersey Telecommunications Law Settled as Channel Islands Mobile Phone Companies and Regulators Agree Date for Mobile Number Portability
On 25 March, the Royal Court of Jersey made a consent order discontinuing the first appeal made to the Royal Court against a decision by the Jersey Competition and Regulatory Authority (JCRA) under the Telecommunications (Jersey) Law 2002. The appeal had been brought by Jersey Telecom (JT), the largest mobile phone operator in Jersey, against a decision by the JCRA in August 2007 requiring the introduction of mobile number portability (MNP) in Jersey alone. Under MNP, customers can keep their mobile phone number when they switch operator.
After an agreed adjournment of the hearing of the appeal, in February 2008 it was announced that the three mobile telephone operators in Jersey and Guernsey have agreed with the two Channel Islands telecommunications regulators (the JCRA in Jersey and the Office of Utility Regulation in Guernsey) that MNP will be introduced across the Channel Islands by 1 December 2008, and the JCRA has issued an Initial Notice giving 1 December 2008 as the implementation date for MNP.
George Peretz, instructed by Bedell Cristin in Jersey, advised JT on the appeal.
Ben Rayment, and Ogier in Jersey, advised the JCRA.