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Mobile Number Portability
MNP is not so popular as expected in Kenya

2012-03-20 10:32:21

AllAfrica informs: FOR nearly a year now, mobile phone users have had the option to move across different operators with their numbers, but very few have taken advantage of the Mobile Number Portability (MNP). Statistics from the Communication Commission of Kenya put the total number of those who had ported across networks at 54,616 by the end of 2011, making up just 0.2 per cent of the entire 26.5 million subscriber base. Notably, the porting numbers have also been declining over the months. When the service was launched in April, 15,569 subscribers moved and an additional 14,759 in May. Contrary to expectations that the numbers would rise, given the increased marketing activities and vicious verbal war among operators at the time, the hype slowly died off and numbers hit a low of 747 in December. Though CCK believes MNP achieved its initial purpose of freedom for consumers, operators have a different view considering the low numbers. "Unfortunately, MNP has not been as hugely successful as was anticipated. It’s a good option for subscribers to have, but we have not seen great uptake as per the high expectations we had," says yuMobile Country Manager Madhur Taneja. "In giving subscribers an option, yes, MNP has achieved its purpose, but not so in seeing a huge movement of subscribers across networks," Taneja adds. Part of the reasons cited for low uptake of MNP is the nature of Kenyan consumers and fear of losing out on services on home networks. "The uptake on portability has been very low. This is because most Kenyan Mobile phone users already have access to multiple SIMS and are therefore able to switch from network to network," says Nzioka Waita, Safaricom Corporate Affairs director. Safaricom says as at March 1, 60,994 subscribers had ported across the four networks. Taneja on his part says, "This would be more to do with subscribers fearing to "lose" some of the value added services they have had from other networks. One such is the hindrance from some networks to offer mobile money transfer across networks". yuMobile says if this barrier was removed then majority of subscribers would be able to enjoy seamless transactions irrespective of their service provider. Though the consumers now have freedom to move, the operators remain unsatisfied with their returns on investment on MNP. "MNP in Kenya has provided the consumer with the opportunity ... However given the very low uptake and the multi-SIM nature of the market there is a sharp disparity between the use of the service and the significant capital implementation costs borne by mobile operators," Waita says. But CCK justify the investments on MNP saying "The introduction of the service has enhanced customer care and the quality of services provided by mobile service providers as they seek to retain customers from porting their numbers to the competition".

 

Mobile Number Portability
MNP is expected to be launched in Argentina this month

2012-03-15 10:20:56

Wireless Federation informs: The Mobile number portability (MNP) service is expected to be offered in Argentina this month, enabling users to switch operators while retaining their mobile number, as reported by DJN. The new service makes it tougher for operators to retain customers as the prime reason for a user to stay with an operator is to keep their mobile number. However, MNP offers users the freedom to change their operator while retaining their number. Franco Bertone, chief executive of Telecom Argentina said that people have started thinking of their phone number as something that they own and industry has to adapt to that. Communications industry analyst Enrique Carrier said that MNP always leads to the elimination of an important competition barrier. Further, the most visible change will be that users will see companies doing more to capture customers from other companies.

 

Mobile Number Portability
India nearly reached 33 millions of mobile portings

2012-03-07 09:03:18

SME Times informs: The total number of subscribers opting for mobile number portability (MNP) has risen to 32.79 million, with Karnataka receiving the maximum number of 3.39 million requests till the end of January, according to official data released Tuesday. MNP allows users to switch operators while retaining their mobile numbers. "By the end of January 2012 32.79 million subscribers have submitted their requests to different service providers for porting their mobile number," the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said in a statement in New Delhi. Karnataka was followed by Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh where 3.04 million subscribers each requested the service. MNP was implemented across the country in last January while the pilot launch of the service took place in Haryana Nov 25, 2010. To opt for MNP, a customer has to pay a maximum of Rs.19 to the new operator for 'porting' the number and remain with the new operator for at least three months. The customer has to send an SMS from the existing phone to 1900. A unique porting code is sent by the existing provider. An application then has to be filed with the new service provider mentioning the code for transferring the connection. The number of mobile phone subscribers in India rose to 903.73 million in January, official data showed Tuesday.

 

Mobile Number Portability
Nigerians may port numbers from September

2012-02-02 10:41:00

African news informs: Nigeria begins Number Portability Service in September - The regulatory Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said the Number Portability (NP) service would begin by September, the local media reported Thursday, quoting NCC's Chief Executive Eugene Juwah. Dr. Juwah said the licence for the service would be given to the operator this month, and that it (NP operator) would be allowed six months to build the infrastructure and an additional two months to test run the infrastructure. NP allows a subscriber to use another network other than his original network without losing his original number. Currently, subscribers who change from one operator to another will lose their original number, irrespective of the length of time he/she has used the number.

 

Mobile Number Portability
India measures more than 29 million portings of mobile numbers

2012-01-31 09:27:13

NDTVGadgets informs: About 292.4 lakh (29.24 million) mobile phone subscribers have opted for mobile number portability (MNP) with Karnataka receiving the maximum number of 2.83 million requests till the end of December, according to official data released on Monday. MNP allows users to switch operators while retaining their mobile numbers. "By the end of December 2011 about 292.40 lakh subscribers have submitted their requests to different service providers for porting their mobile number," the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said in a statement. Karnataka was followed by Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh where 2.77 million and 2.69 million customers, respectively, requested for the service. MNP was implemented across the country in Jan 20 last year while the pilot launch of the service took place in Haryana Nov 25, 2010. To opt for MNP, a customer has to pay a maximum of Rs.19 to the new operator for 'porting' the number and remain with the new operator for at least three months. The customer has to send an SMS from the existing phone to 1900. A unique porting code is sent by the existing provider. An application then has to be filed with the new service provider mentioning the code for transferring the connection.

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