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Pan-India mobile portability likely by March 2014

2013-12-18 08:43:51

The Times of India informs: You can expect All-India mobile number portability (MNP) in a little over three months. This means that the next time you shift residence to another city, such as Kolkata or Delhi, you can retain the same mobile number as a "local number" and save on the expensive roaming charges. "A couple of months ago, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had made recommendations to the department of telecommunication (DoT) in Delhi to implement national MNP within six months. We expect people to get mobile number portability across the country by March 2014," said Madan Mohan, TRAI regional advisor, during a consumer outreach programme in Mumbai on Tuesday. At present, mobile number portability is applicable only within a particular circle. For example, a Mumbaikar is part of the Mumbai circle and can get mobile number portability [the freedom to retain the same number despite changing a service provider] only within this circle. But when a Mumbaikar is in another city/town, his or her mobile phone attracts national roaming charges. "When the national MNP comes into effect, one can register his mobile phone as a local number anywhere in the country," said Mohan. This will benefit lakhs of consumers, especially those with transferable jobs. The TRAI has also warned citizens about calls from international numbers, especially from Pakistan and few other countries. "We have come across complaints wherein people have returned the call, which was later found to be bogus, and were charged Rs 50 per call," Mohan said. He advised people not to respond to any missed calls with numbers having prefix other than +91.

 

Mobile Number Portability
Tanzanian authorities set to move on Mobile Number Portability

2013-12-17 20:21:43

IT News Africa informs: The Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) is reported to be upbeat about plans to introduce Mobile Number Portability (MNP) into the country. Regional media have said that TCRA Director General Professor John Nkoma affirmed this position during a recent two-day symposium to mark the 10th anniversary of the organisation’s existence. Authorities believe MNP empowers the consumer with choice because it enables users to retain their numbers irrespective of which telecommunication service provider they subscribe to. Mobile users effectively have the freedom to link up with any service provider and port their numbers from one network to another using the same SIM card and relevant contacts. In June 2012 Prof. Nkoma confirmed that regulation pertaining to the service had been approved and were in the process of being implemented to facilitate MNP introduction, writes East African Business Week. The service is also expected to foster a greater level of competition amongst service providers.

 

Mobile Number Portability
Systor to manage number portability database in Honduras

2013-12-16 11:38:03

Telecompaper informs: The National Telecommunications Commission of Honduras, Conatel awarded to Systor International the contract for the operation, administration and management of the central database for the number portability process. According to La Tribuna, the decision was approved by operators Claro, Hondutel and Tigo. With the signing of this contract, the second phase of implementing number portability was completed. During the next stage the technical facility will be deployed and Systor International will set the schedule for integration of the systems with mobile operators.

 

Mobile Number Portability
MNP service to be available in Azerbaijan from early 2014

2013-12-04 08:41:49

Trends new agency informs: The mobile number portability service (MNP) will be available in the Azerbaijani mobile operator networks in early January, Azerbaijani Communication and IT Minister Ali Abbasov told media on Tuesday. "Mobile operators have announced their readiness to deploy the service," he said. "I believe the use of this service will strengthen competition in the market," he said. "This will contribute to further reduction in tariffs for mobile communication services." MNP service implementation will allow mobile communication subscribers to save their phone number if they change carriers. The number transfer envisages a subscriber's transition from one carrier to another with the provider's prefix of 050, 051, 055, 070 and 077.

 

Mobile Number Portability
Russia has launched MNP

2013-12-03 16:32:51

The Moscow Times informs: The law that allows cell phone customers to change mobile service provider and keep their number went into effect this week, but mobile companies are asking customers to be patient while they iron out the bugs in the process. The mobile number portability, or MNP, law marks the end of what Dmitry Medvedev, during his stint as president, called "mobile slavery." Subscribers can now take the phone number on which their friends call them and where their banks send transaction notices from an operator with poor network coverage in a particular place to an operator with better coverage. Or, they can switch from a more expensive call plan to a less expensive one with a different company. Originally the law obliged operators to process number transfers in not more than nine days for individuals and 30 days for business accounts, unless the customer specified otherwise. However, delays with adopting a "normative base," a set of legal guidelines and responsibilities spelling out the actual process, robbed operators of the necessary time they needed to fully test the system. MTS, VimpelCom, MegaFon, Tele2 Russia and Rostelecom have all confirmed their readiness for MNP but joined together in begging for extra testing time. "Because of the insufficient time to test the system and the traditional high traffic during the New Year season and winter holidays, we advise subscribers not to use MNP until such a moment when operators are able to provide quality service for the owners of transferred numbers," said MTS spokesman Dmitry Solodovnikov. MTS is ready for MNP, but the system's success depends on all market participants, including the MNP database and payment systems of all operators, both mobile and fixed line, he added. While MegaFon's network is fully prepared for mobile number portability, it is critical that interconnectivity between mobile and fixed networks, payment systems, local and foreign operators is tested properly, said Peter Lidov, public directions director for the operator. VimpelCom's spokeswoman Anna Aybasheva also said Beeline's system "was ready to take new subscribers and release numbers within the prescribed timeframe." However, there may be issues with receiving SMS and MMS messages and processing payments, she said, suggesting that customers should wait until mid-January next year before switching to another provider. These problems are out of Beeline's control, she added. Konstantin Prokshin, head of Tele2's strategic communications department said Tele2 welcomed MNP, but the "quality and success of MNP service would depend on all participants of the process." Rostelecom has chosen a supplier to install the necessary equipment on its own and subsidiaries' networks, but extra time is needed to iron out issues related to call routing between operators, said the national operator's spokesman, Valery Kostarev. The government heard the operators' plea and signed a decree relaxing the MNP deadline requirements from Nov. 29, giving operators up to April 15, 2014 to resolve technical difficulties and bring the service on line. Operators are still required to accept all MNP requests even if they are not ready, but instead of the original nine days to process the order, they have until April next year to fulfill the request. The actual date when the MNP will be fully operational will depend on how reliable the system is and what the outcomes of the various tests are, MegaFon's Lidov said. Such delays may discourage customers from switching to another provider altogether. Research conducted by Carnegie Mellon University earlier this year that surveyed 47 mobile operators in 15 European countries, demonstrated that a longer porting time negatively correlated with MNP, while a quick switchover increased MNP transactions by 16 percent. From the customer's perspective, the transfer process is similar to opening a new mobile account, plus a new 100 ruble fee for the mobile number transfer, going toward the maintenance of a central MNP database, which has a list of ported numbers, managed by the Central Science Research Telecommunication Institute, or ZNIIS. Mobile and fixed line telephone operators are now required to query this database for each mobile phone call that goes through the telecommunications switching equipment to determine if the subscriber has changed providers and route the call accordingly. Last week Alexei Vasilyev, ZNIIS's spokesman, said that out of 68 mobile operators in Russia only six have tested the system and are able to process MNP transactions in real time. According to the AC&M statistics for second quarter 2013, MTS has 31 percent market share in Russia, VimpelCom 24 percent; MegaFon 27, percent; Tele2 10 percent; and other operators, 8 percent. Prior to MNP, MTS and Tele2 lost the smallest number of customers — 7.7 percent and 9.1 percent respectively in the third quarter of 2013, compared to 10.5 percent at MegaFon and 14 percent at VimpelCom. Timur Nigmatullin, an analyst from Investcafe, said the operators who had the lowest loss rates now would attract the most customers with MNP. According to an August survey conducted by the research group Romir, about 12 percent of mobile subscribers in Russia — about 28 million people — plan to move their number to a different provider.

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