Wireless Number Portability Now Available - Canada's wireless industry adds next level of customer choice



    OTTAWA, March 14 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications
Association today announced the availability of wireless number portability
(WNP) in metropolitan areas across the country.
    Effective today, Canadian customers have the ability to change wireless
service providers within the same local calling area and keep their existing
phone number. In addition, WNP allows customers to transfer a phone number
from a wireline phone to a wireless phone and vice versa. Canada is only the
second country in the world (after the US) to offer complete
wireless-to-wireless, wireless-to-wireline and wireline-to-wireless
portability.
    "Although the 18-month implementation of WNP has been one of unparalleled
complexity and cooperation within the Canadian telecommunications sector, the
industry's significant investment and commitment to deliver this service to
Canadians has resulted in the fastest deployment of its kind in the world,"
said Peter Barnes, President & CEO of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications
Association (CWTA). "The introduction of WNP brings yet another layer of
competition to the industry that will only further drive the delivery of
world-class wireless products and services that Canadians expect and deserve."
    Customers interested in learning more about the WNP service should
consult the WNP Web portal at www.wirelessnumberportability.ca

    About the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA)

    CWTA is the authority on wireless issues, developments and trends in
Canada. It represents cellular, PCS, messaging, mobile radio, fixed wireless
and mobile satellite carriers as well as companies that develop and produce
products and services for the industry. (www.cwta.ca)

    This news release contains forward-looking statements which represent
CWTA's best judgement as to what may occur in the future. However, actual
outcome and results are not guaranteed and are subject to certain risks,
uncertainties and assumptions, and may differ from what is expressed.




For further information:

For further information: Marc Choma, (613) 233-4888, ext. 207,
mchoma@cwta.ca

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