Hull home phone number porting deal praised by aql
The agreement between aql and Kingston Communications has been hailed as a "catalyst for competition".
Wholesale broadband and home phone company aql has claimed consumers and businesses in Hull are set to benefit from greater choice of telecoms services thanks to a new number porting agreement.
The company has signed a deal with the north-east city's incumbent provider, Kingston Communications (KC), which means landline numbers no longer need to be tied to a fixed-line subscription.
Instead, they can be now be moved to aql's 'cloud' and ported to anything from a mobile handset to an internet protocol-based telephone service.
By allowing internet and landline providers to supply services to the end user, aql is able to concentrate on maintaining and developing its core network.
Sales director of aql Paul Greaves insisted the move will act as a "catalyst for competition" in the Hull market, which has previously been dominated by KC.
"I'm sure we'll see new specialist operators cropping up," he predicted.
Mr Greaves's comments were echoed by The One Network (TON), an operator that has announced plans to take advantage of the move by offering the chance for people to merge their office and home numbers on to a single mobile handset.
Martin Lauer, managing director of The One Point - the owner of TON - said: "This is a real game-changer for Hull and gives Hull customers real choice and flexibility, previously not universally available.
"We expect a huge demand via resellers [and] telecoms companies for this service, as well as end users direct."
The decision to enable number porting in Hull represents more good news for local consumers, after Ofcom announced last October that it will allow KC to begin offering bundled broadband and landline services in the city.
However, KC was tasked with ensuring that all bundled deals were made available to every resident and business in the area, all prices were published online and that rates were not set in a way that would discourage other providers from entering the market.
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