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Costa Rica to launch number portability 30 November 2013

2013-10-21 15:35:55

Telecompaper informs: Costa Rica's Telecommunications Superintendency (Sutel) announced the start of an advertising campaign to mark the launch of mobile number portability on 30 November. The goal is to increase awareness and reinforce the idea that number portability is a right. The ads will run in print media, radio and local television, reports El Financiero. The free porting will be available from all five mobile operators in the country.

 

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Honduras to bring in mobile number portability in late 2013

2013-10-15 19:57:02

Telecompaper informs: Mobile number portability (MNP) in Honduras will come into effect in late 2013, according to the National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel). The regulator is working with mobile telephone operators to organise a tender to select the administrator of the porting database, according to Conatel president, Ricardo Cardona. The Number Portability Act was published on 29 July this year and determines that the implementation should be done as soon as possible, but leaves the time to the discretion of the regulator. According to weekly Telesemana, the number portability regulation is ready and has been approved by the Attorney General of the Republic.

 

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Zimbabwe expect to launch MNP in 2014

2013-10-14 11:56:52

TechZim informs: A source in the industry has told us that POTRAZ just issued a notice to all mobile operators in Zimbabwe informing them that number portability will need to be introduced in 2014. The notice, a copy of which we have, informs and seeks input from the mobile operators on the implementation of mobile number portability. Portability will make it possible for mobile subscribers to keep their phone numbers when they move from one network to another. Say for example a subscriber has a 071x xxx xxx NetOne number; they’d be able to keep this even after migrating to the Econet network which has a 077x xxx xxx range. In the notice POTRAZ says: “The inability of subscribers to retain their respective mobile telephone numbers when they change service providers presents an obstacle to competition and an inconvenience to the customers.” According to POTRAZ, the notice represents the first step in moving towards number portability in Zimbabwe. Input form the operators on the technical considerations to implement portability, the document says, will be taken into account when the regulator comes up with the Number Portability Framework and Regulations. POTRAZ reiterates in the notice that it expects operators to include Number Portability in their respective plans for 2014. Subscribers and consumer organizations in Zimbabwe have been lobbying POTRAZ to introduce number portability for a while now. Number portability, subscribers have said, will enable them to vote with the wallets when an operator is providing poor service. According to the statistics last released by POTRAZ earlier this year, Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has 8 million subscribers, Telecel 2.4 million, and NetOne 2.1 million. Number portability is expected to benefit the smaller operators in the market who are looking to attract subscribers away from the dominant ones. With the issue of keeping their old number resolved, subscribers are unlikely to think twice before switching to better deals and service offered by challenger operators. Econet Wireless is therefore likely to be affected negatively in this regard and will have to make significant value propositions matching or exceeding that of Telecel and NetOne. It’s not clear if number portability will include the CDMA VoIP operators like Africom and Powertel.

 

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Russia plans to launch NP from the 1st December

2013-10-08 17:04:17

Bloomberg informs: Russia plans to end so-called “mobile slavery” by introducing mobile number portability from December, according to Telecommunications Minister Nikolay Nikiforov. The country will at least partially start number portability from Dec.1 as planned despite proposals to delay introduction until April 1, Nikiforov said, according to official government newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta. The ministry expects about three million Russians a year to change operator while keeping their mobile-phone number, Nikiforov told Rossiyskaya. Tele2 Russia and OAO MegaFon (MFON) have already successfully tested number portability, and OAO Mobile TeleSystems (MBT) and VimpelCom Ltd. (VIP) followed last week, the 31-year-old minister said. Russia has a mobile penetration rate of 164 percent, which means there are 1.64 active SIM-cards for each person in its population of 143 million, according to research agency Advanced Communications & Media. About half of Russians are potentially ready to switch mobile operators while retaining their mobile numbers, Nikiforov said.

 

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Bahamas plans to launch mobile number portability from March 2014

2013-08-26 10:12:20

The Royal Gazetteonline informs: The Regulatory Authority has declared that in order to promote competition, all mobile operators must cooperate to implement mobile number portability by March 3, 2014. In other words each operator shall be able both to export and to import mobile numbers, the RA said. RA chief executive Philip Micallef explained yesterday that number portability is nothing more than allowing a customer to change a telecom provider and keep the same old number they had (maybe for many years) with their previous provider. He added: “In order to make things simple: if I am a customer of mobile carrier A and my number is say 1234567 and I want to switch and become a customer of carrier B and no longer remain of carrier A, with number portability I can become a customer of carrier B and keep my ‘old’ number 1234567 even though I am now a customer of carrier A.” The RA stated that mobile operators shall complete their preparations and be ready for “inter-operator” testing by February 3, 2014. The RA further said on the issue of fixed number portability, the RA said BTC shall implement the capability to export numbers within four months of receiving a written request from another operator copied to RAB, but not before March 3, 2014. The RA said: “BTC shall implement the capability to export numbers within two months of receiving any subsequent written requests. “Any operator who requests portability from BTC shall offer portability itself to any other operator and shall commence such porting within two months of receiving a written request from the other operator copied to RAB. “The fixed operators concerned shall complete their preparations and be ready for inter-operator testing by one month before the start date.” For other operators, any operator may request number portability in writing from BTC and from other operators who have requested portability but shall offer portability to any other operator if they make such a request. The RA said that except for the two mobile operators, no operator is required to offer to import a number, but if it does offer to import a number is free to offer to import only those numbers that are in a number block allocated to itself (ie import back its own numbers) and not to import other numbers.

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