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Mobile Number Portability
Number portability soon in Trinidad & Tobago

2014-09-01 08:35:17

Guardian Media informs: The Telecommunications Authority announced last week that mobile to mobile number portability would start in T&T on February 26, 2015 and that fixed to mobile number portability would start on May 1, 2015. Number portability is the ability of a customer to retain the same telephone number when they change their telephone provider. The telecom regulator said that the interconnection regulations requires concessionaires to “configure its network to facilitate number portability between similar networks, as and when directed by the authority.” TATT said that it published a policy document on the issue on September 30, 2012 and on January 15, 2013 it started meeting all operators who are required to implement number portability. The operators are Colombus Communications, Digicel, Lisa Communications, Open Telecom, TSTT and Three Sixty Communications. “The authority required that each said operator conduct an assessment of its state of readiness so as to deduce the most appropriate date of commencement for the implementation of mobile to mobile number portability and fixed to mobile number portability,” said the announcement. The notice on number portability came in a “determination that is binding upon all operators so required by the authority to implement number portability.” According to the document, the determination takes effect on the day that it is published. The determination was signed by TATT chairman Selby Wilson on July 31 but was posted on the regulator’s Web site on Thursday.

 

Mobile Number Portability
Over 67,000 mobile portings in Panama in H1

2014-08-16 07:30:50

Telecompaper informs: A total of 67,030 mobile numbers were ported in Panama in the first half of the year, La Prensa reports, citing data released by telecoms regulator Asep. This figure represents an increase of 37.3 percent compared to the same period in 2013. According to the regulator, over 227,321 numbers have been ported since the number portability system was launched in December 2011. Panama ended June 2014 with over 6.7 million active mobile lines.

 

Mobile Number Portability
TRAI plans nationwide mobile number portability by 2015

2014-07-29 15:19:12

Businesstoday informs: The government plans to roll out nationwide mobile number portability (MNP) by early next year as the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has recommended not to introduce any new MNP licence. The regulator has instead suggested allowing the two old licencees that currently extend MNP services to extend full nationwide MNP. Offering incentives to Syniverse Technologies and MNP Interconnection Telecom, which currently offer MNP services within a telecom circle, Trai has recommended that the existing entry fees, performance bank guarantee (PBG) and financial bank guarantee (FBG) will hold good for the two MNP providers. Trai said that the two MNP service providers must not be charged more for extending nationwide MNP and charges related to entry fees, FBG and PBG must be as per the existing licence conditions. The two service providers were given MNP licence in 2009. The new Trai recommendation is a complete U-turn from its September 2013 suggestions on nationwide MNP when it said that the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) may carry out the necessary changes in the existing MNP service licence to facilitate inter-service area porting, or full MNP. Justifying its recommendation, Trai said, "Entry fees is paid by a licencee when either it gets the licence for the first time or the validity of its licence expires. In the present case, full MNP is proposed to be introduced due to a unilateral policy decision taken by the government after entering into an agreement with the present MNP licencees. The existing MNP service providers still have around five years of their licence period left."

 

Mobile Number Portability
Kazakhstan plans MNP in 2015

2014-07-17 10:17:55

Trend informs: Kazakh First Deputy Prime Minister Bakytzshan Sagintaev made the remarks at the joint 49th meeting of the Council of heads of Regional Commonwealth in the field of Communications. "Today within the framework of the "Information Kazakhstan" state program the problem to ensure the availability of innovative communication infrastructure is being actively resolved in Kazakhstan. With the purpose to enhance competition in the cellular market, we started work on the introduction of number portability services in cellular networks. We expect that subscribers in Kazakhstan will be able to use the service in 2015," he said. Today, every second citizen of the country has access to digital television, the deputy PM said. "The coverage is about 51 percent. We expect completion of the program in 2015, covering 95 percent," Sagintaev added. During his speech, Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan noted that today there is a noticeable improvement of Kazakhstan's position in the world rankings. Thus, according to him, Kazakhstan was ranked 28th out of 190 countries in the UN ranking on "E-government for the people" in 2013, whereas in 2012 the country was on the 38th place. Kazakhstan was ranked 38th out of 148 countries on networked readiness index in the world in 2013, and in 2012 - 43rd. The country is on the 17th place (in 2012 - 42nd) for cellular tariffs. Furthermore, in 2013 Kazakhstan ranked eighth on the fixed Internet, whereas in 2012 was ranked 47th. "The development of effective information communication industry and its progressive integration are the determinants of economic growth for Kazakhstan. The share of the communications industry in GDP is about 2.5 percent. In 2013, the volume of rendered services in the country rose to $4.7 billion," Sagintaev said.

 

Mobile Number Portability
Senegalese regulator ARTP adopts mobile number portability guidelines

2014-07-16 11:15:50

Telecompaper informs: Senegalese telecom regulator ARTP has adopted its June decision setting guidelines for mobile number portability. The system will use a central database with a direct routing mode and a single window for customers, who will only have to inform their new operator that they wish to keep their number. The service will be free of charge and must be completed within 24 hours. Customers may lose service for 2 hours. ARTP gives no indication of when the system will be in place. ARTP's former director general was reported to have said in June that mobile number portability could be operating by October.

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