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Mobile Number Portability (MNP) in Africa

2012-11-13 10:47:54

The Citizen informs: Dar es Salaam. Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) will host an international forum on mobile number portability (MNP) this week to evaluate implementation and management of the system. The two-day event will bring together experts and mobile service providers to evaluate current developments in the industry to improve the effectiveness of the MNP implementation. Mobile number portability allows subscribers to shift to another network operator of their choice with the same number by simply informing the service provider. Tanzania has not yet started implementing the porting system but the regulator earlier said the regulations were in final stages to allow MNP and it would be in place sometime next year. Porting is expected to increase competition in the mobile communication industry as operators will improve service and reduce charges to retain their customers. When the move to adopt mobile number porting system was introduced last year, operators in the country said they needed more time as they would require making new investments for the system to function properly. In Africa, the system already exists in Morocco, Kenya, Egypt and South Africa. The MNP number one event in Africa will allow participants to deliberate on how to advance the role of the regulator in the MNP implementation and implantation to achieve smooth flows. From the experience of other countries that are already implementing MNP, there had been sabotages by customer losers who were involved in blocking calls from their rivals.

 

Mobile Number Portability
MoC of Iraq enforces mobile number portability

2012-09-19 11:46:19

Kuwait Times informs: Minister of Communications Salem Al-Othaina yesterday issued a decision mandating telecommunication companies to allow mobile number portability between them in return for a fee that does not exceed KD 5, state news agency KUNA reported. The minister asked the three carriers operating in the state to carry out the directive within 24 hours. Meanwhile, the finance minister said yesterday that the state would not cut down on spending as a result of a plan to invest a greater percentage of its revenues in a rainy day fund. OPEC producer Kuwait announced plans on Monday to more than double the portion of state revenues it puts into its Future Generations Fund this fiscal year. It had previously invested 10 percent of revenues in the fund, managed by the Kuwait Investment Authority, but now wants to raise that to 25 percent. The move is thought to be aimed at investing state money more efficiently although the government has not disclosed a specific reason for the increase. The decision “will not be at the expense of investment spending,” Finance Minister Nayef Al-Hajraf said, according to KUNA. He said he hoped the increased contribution would continue the following fiscal year. He said the move was aimed at encouraging savings and that the plan would not distract the government from dealing with problems in the economy. Kuwait booked a record budget surplus of KD 13.2 billion ($47 billion) in the fiscal year that ended in March thanks to high oil income and lower spending than planned. A long-running political crisis has held up investment, especially in large infrastructure projects, allowing the budget surplus to grow. A KD 30 billion ($107 billion) development plan aimed at boosting and diversifying the economy has stalled. With more than half of Kuwaiti nationals under 25, the government wants to store up money in the Future Generations Fund as a nest egg for when oil supplies diminish or for when the economy suffers other shocks. But analysts say Kuwait also needs to diversify its economy away from oil and increase private sector employment of its nationals in order to resolve fundamental economic problems.

 

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59.30M mobile Number Portability requests in India till July 2012

2012-09-11 11:13:54

MediaNama informs: 59.30 million subscribers submitted number porting requests till the month of July, 2012, according to the Indian Telecom regulator TRAI. This is up from 54.32 million porting requests till June 2012, an increase of 9.17% month on month. However, this also means that of a total connection base of 913.48 million connections (698.08 million active), just 4.98 million connections sent port out requests during the month. The maximum number of requests in Zone-I(North and West India) have been received in Rajasthan at 56.26 lakh. Haryana, where the service was made available in November 2010, receiving a total of 23.14 lakh porting requests. Jammu & Kashmir registered the lowest number of requests at 8929, but that is expected, since it has among the lowest user base.

 

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Ghana announces results of the first year with MNP

2012-07-19 11:14:00

For the first time in one year, the National Communication Authority (NCA) has released a detailed 16-page report on Mobile Number Portability in Ghana, showing how each operator has been doing since the launch of MNP on July 7, 2012. The release was done with a toast by all six telecom operators, the regulator and the Minister of Communication to the success of MNP at press conference in Accra. The NCA had said, from the start of MNP, it would not show the public how each individual telco was doing with MNP because that information was not for public consumption, but this maiden full year report is a clear departure from that position. NCA’s MNP Consultant, Bob Palitz did a Power Point presentation of an abridged version of the report, which indicated as of July 6, 2012, one clear year after MNP launch, there has been 370,107 successful ports in Ghana, representing 75% of total porting requests for the year. The remaining 25% were either aborted due to operator network failure, or blocked due to customers’ failure to meet the porting requirements. According to Mr. Palitz, the total number of successful ports is 1.6% of the number of mobile phone lines in Ghana, and comprised of some 8.3% of people who ported their numbers more than once, and at least one person who has ported five times within the period. The MNP balance sheet indicates Tigo is the biggest net winner with over 68,000 more ports into its network than ports out; Vodafone is next with over 43,000 net gain; Glo follows with over 7,500 more, followed by Airtel with over 6,800 on the positive side. Meanwhile, the only CDMA network, Expresso finished the year with 418 deficit, and market leader MTN finished as the biggest net loser with over 125,000 deficit on the balance sheet. But Bob Palitz said the figures are not big enough to cause any change in the subscriber base and market positions of the any of the six networks in the country, adding that the number of ports out of a particular network is directly related to the size of that network. The detailed report published on the website of the NCA indicate within the year, the biggest winner, Tigo had 147,709 porting in and 79,479 porting out; Vodafone had 103,243 porting in, while 59,751 ported out; Glo had 7,984 in and 425 out, while Airtel in recorded 44,742 in and 38,244 out. Meanwhile Expresso had 304 porting in and 722 porting out; and market leader MTN had 66,320 porting in and 191,681 porting out. Meanwhile, the MNP report indicate that during the year, as low as between seven and eight minutes porting speeds was achieved, but the average porting time for the whole year came to about two hours. Minister of Communication, Haruna Iddrisu noted that initially, some telcos wrote off MNP as a system not worth the effort and investment because experiences from other countries indicate not many people port, but the success of Ghana’s MNP process vindicates government policy decision in favor of MNP. The Minister said MNP has served as a tool for social engineering and caused telcos to introduce more relevant products and services, and reduce tariffs considerably.

 

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MNP triumphs again in India: 50.16 million requests till May

2012-07-06 08:57:16

Moneycontrol.com informs: Mobile Number Portability became popular with the masses upon its grand launch because it gave subscribers a chance to move out of their existing service provider onto a new service provider without having to forego their number. With power in their hands, subscribers no longer found themselves tied to their existing providers, if they're unhappy with them. Now in their newly released Telecom Subscription Data as on 31st May 2012 report, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) have revealed that MNP is steadily plotting new highs and by the end of May 2012 a whopping 50.16 million MNP requests were made (by the end of April 2012, a whopping 45.89 million MNP requests were made). In fact, in May 2012 alone, 4.27 million MNP requests came by (in April 2012 alone, 4.01 million MNP requests were made). Delving into the MNP numbers further, the report adds - in MNP Zone-I (Northern and Western India) most MNP requests came from Rajasthan with 4.62 million requests, followed by Gujarat with 4.58 million requests, while in MNP Zone-II (Southern and Eastern), most requests came in from Karnataka with 5.82 million requests, followed by Andhra Pradesh with 4.81 million requests.

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