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Mobile Number Portability
NCC plans to implement number portability in June

2012-01-30 09:36:53

Businessday informs: Mobile number portability (MNP) implementation runs up in Nigeria. The number portability scheme enables telephone subscribers to maintain their existing phone numbers if they change service providers and the NCC is empowered to put this into effect by the provisions of Section 128 of the Nigerian Communications Act, 2003. The Act, among other things, gives the NCC exclusive powers to regulate numbers and number portability in Nigeria. A consortium of three firms won the bid to operate the Number Portability Clearing House. The firms that make up the consortium are Interconnect Clearing House Nigeria (ICN), Telecordia of the USA and Saab Grintek of South Africa. Eugene Juwa, executive vice chairman of the NCC, has said that with the number portability scheme in place, the country’s telecoms operators would be forced to raise their service delivery standards, as dissatisfied subscribers would migrate easily to operators who offer better service. Industry watchers say that although there are about 95 million active telephone lines in the country, the actual number of phone users is appreciably less than that figure, because many Nigerians carry more than one phone to enable them get service on an alternative line, when there are connection or other problems with their primary line. The benefits of number portability are listed as including the freedom and convenience of retaining one’s original number while migrating from any network. Subscribers will also receive all their calls and messages, regardless of which mobile network they may have ported their numbers to, and they will not need to inform their friends, relatives, colleagues or clients about their change of mobile operators. Subscribers will further save money, as they will not have to purchase SIM cards from each mobile operator, or maintain more than one mobile handset. While some of the network operators, especially the GSM operators are perceived as heavy laden with subscribers and sometimes experience network congestion, as has been often attested to by the NCC, the smaller operators, including the CDMA, appear less congested. As at June 2011, according to NCC figures, MTN had 40.5 million subscribers, while Globacom had 19.4 million; Airtel had 15.9 million and Etisalat had 7.8 million. In the CDMA genre, in the same period, on the other hand, Visafone had 2.5 million subscribers, while Starcomms had 1.1 million and Multilinks had 974,076. As an attestation of this position, the CDMA operators are generally more anxious for the implementation of the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) scheme than the GSM operators. Also informed sources inside the CDMA networks say they are hoping that the NCC will affect the MNP scheme in the new year, and that they are positioning to bag a harvest of subscribers from the dominant networks.

 

Mobile Number Portability
Bosnia comes closer to mobile number portability

2012-01-25 08:57:46

Balkans.com informs: Mobile number portability (MNP) has inched closer in Bosnia and Herzegovina with the telecoms regulator, the Communications Regulatory Agency (RAK), confirming that BH Telecom has completed the necessary preparation work, IHS Global Insight reported. "The much-delayed process was due to start on 1 January 2012, but HT Mostar has still to begin updating its mobile switching systems. BH Telecom and HT Mostar were fined 30,000 convertible marks (USD22,000) each in September 2011 for failing to hit the previous deadline of 30 June 2011. The third-largest mobile operator, Telekom Srpske, has already been deemed prepared, but all three mobile operators will need to have capable switching systems in place before the service can launch. The RAK will likely hit HT Mostar with fines for continuing to miss deadlines and obstruct competition," IHS said.

 

Mobile Number Portability
Chile launched mobile number portability (MNP)

2012-01-18 20:36:45

TeleGeography informs: Chile’s telecoms regulator Subsecretaria de Telecomunicaciones (Subtel) has announced the launch of mobile number portability (MNP), which commenced on 16 January. Chilean wireless subscribers are now able to switch providers whilst retaining their phone number. Subtel encouraged customer mobility further with a ban earlier this month, forbidding the sale of carrier-locked handsets, and imposing on operators an obligation to unlock devices for free. Subtel reported that in the first day that the service was operational, 1,190 subscribers switched provider, with Entel gaining the most new users from the service, and Telefonica Moviles Chile (Movistar) losing the most. Entel saw net additions of 333 customers, mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Grupo GTD gained nine new customers, and Nextel added just two. Claro and Movistar saw net losses of 66 and 279 respectively. All of the nation’s telcos chose to absorb the CLP377 (USD0.74) fee per number ported. Whilst MNP was launched nationwide simultaneously, fixed number portability (FNP) is being launched region by region, having started in Arica in December last year. Santiago will be the next region to receive the service in March, with the final areas due to receive the service by the end of February next year. Subtel has launched a separate website (http://www.portabilidadnumerica.cl/) to inform customers of the changes and to assist with

 

Mobile Number Portability
Bangladesh seeks to introduce MNP service by 2012

2012-01-09 09:58:28

Bdnews24.com informs: The parliamentary standing committee on the telecom ministry has recommended the industry watchdog to introduce mobile number portability (MNP) service by 2012. Mr. Hasanul Haque Inu told reporters that MNP had been introduced in many countries a decade back. "A four-member committee led by a director has been formed to prepare a guideline on number portability which is about to be finished," he added. Bangladesh's six mobile phone operators currently have around 80 million subscribers

 

Mobile Number Portability
Azerbaijan is one step to number portability

2011-12-30 15:29:22

Trends News Agency informs: Azerbaijani Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies officially registered Mobile Number Portability (MNP) rules at the Azerbaijani Ministry of Justice. The document was prepared by the Ministry together with mobile phone operators. The number portability service is expected to be available in mobile operators’ networks in 2012 after operators will prepare networks infrastructure to launch the service. Number portability service allows subscribers to retain their phone number in case of changing the operator.

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