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 Thursday, June 12, 2014

Armenian fixed and mobile operator ArmenTel (trading as Beeline) says it received just 1,642 applications from people wishing to port their existing mobile number to its network in the month following the launch of mobile number portability (MNP) in the country on 1 April. The company’s press officer Tatevik Hayrumyan said of the new regime: ‘The most important thing is that this service works. For us it is important that subscribers who use the MNP service to switch to other operators do not feel any discomfort. We have not received complaints from subscribers.’

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, June 12, 2014 7:29:31 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Armenia’s Public Services Regulatory Commission (PSRC) has announced the launch of mobile number portability (MNP) for subscribers of the country’s three cellular operators. Customers can now retain their own phone number when transferring between operators, with the number porting process to take no more than three days. On 15 June 2013 the government passed an amendment to the Republic’s Law on Telecommunications, allowing for the introduction of MNP from that date. The three incumbent operators – VivaCell MTS, Beeline and Orange Armenia – then cooperated on the creation of a joint company and a common database to handle the MNP system.

Separately, the PSRC has revealed that Armenia now has 100% geographic coverage for mobile services. The last 18 areas without a cellular signal were divided among the trio of incumbents and covered earlier this year, the regulator says. According to a report from local news portal Arka which cites PSRC commissioner Samvel Arabjanyan, 68.5% of the territory receives a service from all three networks and a further 23.0% has coverage by two networks, while the remaining 8.5% (mainly villages) is serviced by one operator only.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 8:36:44 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates has revealed that Etisalat and Du have together received 61,000 requests from subscribers to switch provider since mobile number portability (MNP) was introduced in December. ‘So far the MNP has been good. It is a new start and it will take time to gain momentum,’ the TRA’s director general Mohammad Nasser Al Ganem, told Gulf News, adding: ‘This has generated good attraction by operators and consumers. The operators are trying to retain their customers by good offers and customers have a choice.’ According to Al Ganem, out of the total requests more than 23,000 mobile subscribers have transferred their number to a rival network, while many requests were resubmitted in order to obtain the required documents for the switchover.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, March 27, 2014 2:46:09 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, February 21, 2014

Senegal’s telecoms regulator, the Autorite de Regulation des Telecommunications et des Postes (ARTP), is conducting a public consultation on the implementation of mobile number portability. In October last year the watchdog announced that it expected MNP to be introduced by end-October 2014. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the country is home to three cellular operators: market leader Orange, which claimed 58% of Senegal’s 12.72 million mobile users at end-September 2013, plus Sudatel and Tigo, which have around 21% of the market each.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, February 21, 2014 4:04:37 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Sri Lanka’s Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) has suspended proposals to implement mobile number portability (MNP) as it will not be ‘cost-effective’ until there is a greater proportion of post-paid subscribers in the market, according to the regulator’s director-general Anusha Palpita, quoted by Sri Lankan newspaper The Nation. Palpita explained the strategy by saying: ‘The main beneficiary of [MNP] and those demanding it [would be] post-paid mobile subscribers. However, in Sri Lanka’s case, we have less than 10% of the total mobile subscriber population owning a post-paid mobile connection. Therefore, in my opinion implementation of MNP will not be cost-effective at the moment.’ The director argued that it would be unfair on the roughly 20 million pre-paid users amongst the approximately 21.5 million total customers to bear the cost of MNP implementation, adding: ‘The full implementation could cost the telecom operators to the tune of USD2 million to USD3 million which may then have to be passed to the consumer. But considering the inequality in the proportion as mentioned, it is not the right thing to do.’ He further noted that some of the country’s mobile operators had less than 5% of their subscribers on post-paid plans.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, February 21, 2014 3:48:33 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, January 31, 2014

Mobile number portability (MNP) will be fully introduced by Azerbaijan’s mobile network operators on 1 February, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies (MCIT) has announced on its website. The Ministry noted that the launch of MNP, which enables subscribers to retain their phone number if they switch provider, will strengthen competition in the market and lead to improved service quality. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Azerbaijan’s mobile market is home to three GSM network operators: market leader Azercell, which had around 4.405 million subscribers at the end of 30 September 2013 (a market share of 46.4%), followed by Bakcell with around 30.2% of the market and Azerfon (Nar Mobile), which accounted for the remaining 23.3% of mobile customers.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, January 31, 2014 3:52:09 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Ukraine’s National Commission for the State Regulation of Communications and Informatization (NCCIR or NKRZI) has confirmed that its decision to delay the commercial introduction of mobile number portability (MNP) to 1 July 2014 has been adopted under law, after it was published in the Official Journal of Ukraine No. 99 of 30 December 2013. The NCCIR had issued the decision (No. 826) on 17 December 2013 to amend the existing plan for MNP implementation contained in its previous decision (No. 248) of 25 April 2013, before registering the amendment with the Ministry of Justice on 19 December 2013. The regulator explained that it has moved the starting deadline for MNP in order to resolve technical issues and create the appropriate conditions for the realisation of a high-quality telephone number transfer service backed up by a reliable and efficient processing system, after previously observing that the necessary shared database management system was not yet in place. As reported by CommsUpdate in November, the regulator reported that month that there was no working centralised database (CDB) for phone numbers or the software needed for communication between network operators and the CDB administrator. A new timetable was drawn up at a meeting of the MNP working group, stipulating that the instructions for using the CDB should be approved by 30 January 2014, followed by the signing of the agreement between operators and the CDB administrator by 15 February. As such, the test-mode launch of number porting should follow by 30 May at the latest (with 30 April suggested). The launch of MNP for consumers should take place by 1 July 2014.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 10:47:51 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has announced that the long-awaited introduction of mobile number portability (MNP) in the United Arab Emirates will finally take place by the end of the year. ‘An essential element in the health of the UAE’s mobile market is the ability of consumers to choose between competing providers,’ the TRA’s director general Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim said in a statement, adding: ‘MNP will immediately increase competition in the ICT market, expedite the switching process, and do so in a way that directly benefits the consumer.’ Having already made the necessary technical procedural adjustments, the country’s two mobile licensees, Etisalat and Du, have been instructed by the regulator to enable portability by December. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that the introduction of MNP in the UAE has encountered numerous delays, the most recent of which saw the TRA suspend the launch of the service indefinitely in September 2011, with the regulator citing technical issues as the reason behind the move.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, October 31, 2013 9:01:41 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Zimbabwe’s telecoms watchdog the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (POTRAZ) has reportedly issued a notice to all mobile operators in Zimbabwe informing them that mobile number portability (MNP) is to be introduced in the country in 2014, TechZim reports. According to the article, the regulator claimed that ‘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.’ The document also seeks input from the mobile operators on the implementation of MNP; suggestions relating to the technical considerations behind MNP will be taken into account when POTRAZ starts developing the Number Portability Framework and Regulations.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:57:55 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Moldova’s telecoms watchdog the National Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Information Technology (ANRCETI) has announced that over 16,500 numbers were ported in the three months to 30 September 2013. According to a press release, 15,616 of these were mobile numbers, while the reminder (914) used the fixed number portability (FNP) service, which was launched on 1 August 2013. The Centralized Data Base (CDB) administrator also stated that around 19,600 applications for NP were submitted prior to 10 October 2013. Further, the CDB reported that the average duration of porting a phone number did not exceed the five working days limit set by the ANRCETI.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:56:56 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Telecoms Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has instructed mobile operators to implement nationwide mobile number portability (MNP) by April 2014, the Economic Times writes. At present, MNP is only available within each of the nation’s 22 operating areas: transferring a number across state boundaries is currently off-limits. Following consultation with the industry, the TRAI has finalised a method to implement pan-India MNP. Under the plans, the entire porting process will be handled by the MNP management firm responsible for the donor circle, thereby eliminating the need to transfer details between MNP providers, which had previously been a sticking point.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:46:38 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Spain’s telecoms regulator the Comision del Mercado de las Telecomunicacinoes (CMT) has announced that July 2013 saw the highest number of customers use mobile number portability (MNP) to switch provider since the service was introduced. According to figures produced by the watchdog, in July 2013 a total of 638,948 numbers were ported from one operator to another, beating the previous monthly record of 636,616, which was set in January 2013. Further, the CMT noted that the July 2013 figure represented a 47.9% increase on the number of ports recorded in the same period a year earlier.

Citing strong competition in the sector as one of the drivers behind the increase in customers switching, the CMT also noted that for the third consecutive month mobile accesses had increased, with 169,856 lines added in July 2013. Continued uptake of post-paid subscriptions, which rose by 236,123 in the month under review, more than offset a decline in pre-paid customers (down by 38,304 in the month) and datacards (down by 27,963). Meanwhile, the market’s two largest cellcos by subscribers – Telefonica Espana (Movistar) and Vodafone Spain – both saw user numbers fall in July 2013, down 127,061 and 44,948 respectively, with the regulator noting that mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) saw combined additions of 230,336 mobile customers in the month, with Orange Espana and Yoigo adding 69,264 and 42,265 subscribers, respectively.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:42:26 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, July 15, 2013

Chilean regulator Subtel has announced that 1.099 million wireless subscribers and 116,686 fixed line users had ported their numbers to other operators since the introduction of portability in late 2011/early 2012. Mobile number portability (MNP) was launched nationwide in January 2012 and by June 2013 616,686 pre-paid subscribers and 480,571 post-paid customers had taken their numbers to other carriers. Mexican-backed provider Claro has seen the largest gain from MNP, accruing 160,969 net new users (249,453 outgoing, 410,149 incoming), whilst Telefonica’s local subsidiary Movistar lost out the most with net losses of 167,398 users (446,719 outgoing, 279,321 incoming). Newcomer VTR and mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Virgin also gained from the portability service, claiming 10,672 (5,331 out, 16,003 in) and 31,623 (7,456 out, 39,079 in) net customer gains respectively. Oddly, whilst Entel booked net losses of 46,063 users, it registered the second highest number of incoming customers (339,362), as well as the second largest number of outgoing subscribers (385,425).

Fixed number portability (FNP), meanwhile, was gradually rolled out nationwide between December 2011 and August 2012. Again, Movistar lost out the most with 61,070 net losses, whilst Claro and VTR came out on top, although the latter claimed the lion’s share of the spoils, booking net gains of 29,632 users compared to Claro’s 21,780 total new subscribers.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, July 15, 2013 7:38:49 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Moldova’s telecoms watchdog the National Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Information Technology (ANRCETI) has listed a press conference for 25 June 2013 to mark the forthcoming launch of the mobile number portability (MNP) services in Republic of Moldova, scheduled to start on 1 July 2013. According to the regulator’s press announcement, the conference will be attended by the Minister of Information Technology and Communications Pavel Filip, ANRCETI Director Sergiu Sitnic, the administrator of the central database for number portability and mobile operators’ representatives.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, under Administrative Board Decision No.17, mobile network operators working in cooperation with the Centralized Data Base (CDB) administrator, were obliged to ensure the technical launch of MNP by 1 May 2013, and provide the service to commercial customers by 1 July. The date for the service deployment was later postponed by ANRCETI in the wake of a request from cellcos asking for more time to finalise the necessary modifications to their billing systems for calls to ported numbers.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 8:59:22 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Kuwait’s Ministry of Communications (MoC) has announced the launch of mobile number portability (MNP) from 15 June 2013, Arab Times reported. Customers of local mobile companies — Zain, Wataniya and Viva — can transfer to a new network provider without changing their phone number after they fill an application and settle their bill with the current operator. The transaction is estimated to take no more than 24 hours. According to the MoC’s PR director Al-Husaini, the MNP project is a ‘qualitative leap’ in telecommunications, and will contribute to better competition and incentivise mobile companies to improve services and reduce prices.

Following the MoC announcement, Zain Kuwait and Viva released statements to inform interested parties that their representatives are ready to accept transfer requests. Commenting on the MOC’s initiative, Zain Kuwait CEO Omar Al Omar, stated: ‘The decision is a step forward in the evolution of the telecom sector in Kuwait. This new regulation will empower the customer with the freedom to choose the mobile service provider of his choice, while at the same time act as a stimulus for all operators to be more dynamic and focused to meet and exceed customer satisfaction.’

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013 7:17:04 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, May 06, 2013

According to the Prime Business News Agency, the Russian government has authorised the use of monies from the Universal Service Fund (USF) to bankroll the creation of a national mobile number portability (MNP) database. The introduction of MNP is currently scheduled for 1 December 2013. The USF, which is generally used to compensate operators who roll out telephone or data access services in remote areas, is supported by all domestic telcos, each of which channels 1.2% of its annual revenues into the pot.

Soruce: TeleGeography.

Monday, May 06, 2013 9:23:05 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is set to finally launch mobile number portability (MNP) for the country’s GSM subscribers today, writes local newspaper THISDAY. The NCC’s director of public affairs Tony Ojobo says that MNP will lead to improved quality service and increased competition among operators. MNP is free for subscribers, who are permitted to port their numbers once in a 90-day period. The regulator will now work towards implementing the service for Nigeria’s roughly three million CDMA mobile customers. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that the introduction of MNP in Nigeria has encountered numerous delays since it was first announced by the NCC in 2006. Further deadlines of 2009, December 2012, 25 March 2013 and 1 April 2013 came and went, and at the start of the month operators told the NCC that they required three additional weeks to enable them to complete their preparations.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 10:35:09 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, March 25, 2013

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said that the long-delayed launch of mobile number portability (MNP) will take place on 25 March 2013, writes PM News. The regulator’s head of Media and Public Relations, Reuben Muoka, reportedly told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that during the initial phase, only subscribers of the country’s GSM mobile networks will be able to transfer their numbers to another operator. ‘As soon as the GSM takes off, it will not be long before CDMA also begins its operation on MNP,’ the NCC official was quoted as saying. He added that the introduction of MNP in Nigeria is expected to increase competition in the mobile market, in which South Africa-owned MTN is the largest operator by subscribers by far, with a market share of 42.1% at the end of 2012 (corresponding to 47.44 million customers).

TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that the introduction of MNP was first considered by the NCC in the third quarter of 2007, but the commission has been waiting for the conclusion of SIM registration before it officially launches the service. The NCC announced in October 2011 that it had selected a consortium of three companies – Interconnect Clearinghouse Nigeria, Saab Grintek and Telcordia – to set up and implement number portability for the first five years, and having already pushed back the expected launch date on various occasions, in December 2012 the regulator said it was set to begin testing the system in order to address any problems ahead of a planned launch in the first quarter of 2013.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, March 25, 2013 9:19:05 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, January 30, 2013

MTN Nigeria has reportedly made the necessary preparations ahead of the Nigerian Communications Commission’s (NCC’s) long-delayed introduction of mobile number portability (MNP), which is expected to take place in the next few months. Business Day Online cites MTN’s CEO Brett Goschen as saying that a series of tests have already been carried out on the operator’s systems and infrastructure, with further testing to take place in the immediate run-up to the launch of MNP. ‘We have made necessary investment in infrastructure and manpower and we are now finalising the process of making this project a reality,’ the executive stated, adding: ‘We are confident that when the NCC is ready to blow the whistle for the kick off of this project, we will be ready.’

TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that the introduction of MNP was first considered by the NCC in the third quarter of 2007, but the commission has been waiting for the conclusion of SIM registration before it officially launches the service. The NCC announced in October 2011 that it had selected a consortium of three companies – Interconnect Clearinghouse Nigeria, Saab Grintek and Telcordia – to set up and implement number portability for the first five years, and having already pushed back the expected launch date on various occasions, in December 2012 the regulator said it was set to begin testing the system in order to address any problems ahead of a planned launch in the first quarter of this year.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 8:50:03 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Costa Rica’s telecoms watchdog Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (Sutel) expects a management company for the implementation of mobile number portability (MNP) to be selected by early February, with the system to be in place within the following three months, La Nacion quotes Eduardo Castellon, a spokesperson for the regulator, as saying. Four companies are competing for the project, Telcordia Technologies, Informatica El Corte Ingles, Teletech and CESA-Porting Consortium. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that a committee representing the nation’s trio of cellcos – ICE Celular, Claro Costa Rica and Movistar Costa Rica – is to make the selection but if no decision is reached, Sutel will intervene and select a company. Such an eventuality is expected, as incumbent ICE has sought to hold up the project and had filed 20 appeals to halt or delay the introduction of MNP by end-December 2012.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 8:46:01 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, December 20, 2012

Mobile number portability (MNP) is now available in Paraguay, TeleSemana reports. The service is priced at PYG21,864 (USD4.82) and includes an eight-day processing time, which is scheduled to decrease to five working days by the end of the year.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in June 2012 Spanish firm El Corte Ingles won the contract to administer Paraguay’s MNP database, after being selected by the Comision Tecnica de Portabilidad Numerica (CTPN), which comprises representatives of the country’s four mobile operators – Tigo, Nucleo (Telecom Personal Paraguay), Hola Paraguay (Vox) and Claro Paraguay – and telecoms regulator Consejo Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Conatel). El Corte Ingles reportedly beat off stiff competition from Ericsson del Paraguay, a local offshoot of US firm Telecordia. El Corte Ingles has administered Spain’s number portability database since 1999, with a monthly average of over 140,000 ported lines. It has already won numerous contracts to administer MNP across Latin America, including markets such as Peru, Colombia, Dominican Republic and Mexico, although it lost out to chief rival Telcordia in both Argentina and Chile.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, December 20, 2012 3:46:21 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, December 14, 2012

The Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (ARCEP) has announced that it has slashed the period of time in which cellular operators must process mobile number portability (MNP) requests in certain overseas territories from ten days to just two working days. Countries which will benefit from the change are Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthelemy. The corresponding MNP time-frame was implemented in metropolitan France on 7 November 2011 and in Reunion and Mayotte on 31 July 2012. MNP was implemented across the French West Indies on 1 April 2006; a reduced MNP time-frame was first mooted in 2010.

Source TeleGeography.

Friday, December 14, 2012 10:49:41 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, November 08, 2012

Moldova’s National Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Information Technology (ANRCETI) has set the terms for the implementation of mobile and fixed number portability (MNP and FNP) in the country. Under the plan, the centralised database (CDB) administrator and service providers will develop the technical and commercial conditions for number portability implementation, to be approved by ANRCETI before 25 December 2012. Fixed and mobile telephony operators will subsequently be required to sign contracts with the CDB administrator and make the required changes in their networks to enable the launch of MNP and FNP on 1 May 2013 and 31 July 2013, respectively.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, November 08, 2012 2:47:46 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, October 29, 2012

The long-delayed introduction of mobile number portability (MNP) in Nigeria is now expected to take place in December this year, Tony Ojobo, the director of public affairs at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has told local newspaper The Punch. The NCC has been waiting for the conclusion of SIM registration in the country before it officially launches MNP, which enables a subscriber to retain their mobile phone number if they switch provider. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, the regulator announced in October 2011 that it had selected a consortium of three companies – Interconnect Clearinghouse Nigeria, Saab Grintek and Telcordia – to implement number portability for the first five years. Earlier this year Dr. Eugene Juwah, the executive vice chairman of the NCC, said the consortium would be responsible for the setting up and implementation of the NP platform within six months of receiving its licence in March 2012, to be followed by a testing period of two months. The introduction of MNP was first considered by the commission in the third quarter of 2007.

Source: Telegeography.

Monday, October 29, 2012 10:34:34 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, October 01, 2012

Azeri mobile operator Bakcell has announced that it is fully prepared to introduce mobile number portability (MNP), which enables a subscriber to retain their phone number if they switch service provider. The cellco said it plans to launch the service as soon as it receives the go-ahead from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT). ‘We are ready to start today but this is a service that all operators must launch together so we are forced to wait for the other operators,’ said Bakcell CEO Richard Shearer, adding: ‘We have invested significant time and money into the development of MNP and in meeting compliance issues with the MCIT. Our systems are technically ready and have passed internal acceptance tests. Bakcell is sure that MNP will increase competition in Azerbaijan’s mobile communication market and is very committed to the introduction of MNP.’ Bakcell is Azerbaijan’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers, according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database. The cellco had a market share of 30.2% at the end of June 2012, compared to market leader Azercell’s 47.2% share, but ahead of Azerfon with 22.6%.

Source: Telegeography.

Monday, October 01, 2012 1:35:16 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Ghana’s National Communication Authority (NCA) has published a report to coincide with the first anniversary of the introduction of mobile number portability (MNP) in the country. By 6 July some 370,107 mobile numbers had ported successfully, representing 1.6% of the total active mobile numbers in the market. The watchdog says that such a figure is reasonably comparable to markets in which MNP is considered successful. Tigo and Vodafone were the biggest winners, recording net gains of 68,000 and 44,000 respectively, while Airtel (6,500 subscribers) and Glo (7,600) also received a boost from MNP. The market leader by subscribers, MTN, was the big loser, shedding a net 125,000 customers to rival networks. Meanwhile, minor player Expresso lost 400 subscribers.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 12:50:21 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The use of mobile number portability (MNP) in Colombia still remains limited, almost a year after its introduction, according to the most recent results published by telecoms regulator the Communication Regulation Commission (CRC). Since introduction in August 2011, a total of 441,163 customers have switched provider and kept their number in a market of more than 45 million wireless subscribers. The greatest concentration of ports was in Q1 2012 when 167,914 people moved operators, with the number dropping to 132,344 in Q2 2012. Telefonica Moviles Colombia, which uses the Movistar brand of its Spanish parent, has suffered the worst from MNP, with net losses of 159,760. Comcel, recently rebranded under the preferred Claro moniker of its parent company America Movil, reaped the greatest reward from the scheme, with net additions of 85,426 from MNP, whilst Tigo was close behind with 65,058 net additions. Mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Uff Movil also added 8,866 new customers thanks to MNP.

However, the use of MNP is still fairly marginal and the flow of customers is not representative of the majority of users. Whilst Claro saw the greatest number of customers moving to its network and keeping their numbers, according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Claro has in fact seen a reduction in its market share since the introduction of MNP, whilst its two main rivals have increased their shares of the market. At June 2011, Claro reigned over the wireless sector with a 67.8% share of segment, compared to 22.0% and 10.2% attributed to Movistar and Tigo respectively. By end-March 2012, Claro had seen its lead eroded somewhat, dropping to 63.1% of the market against 26.0% and 10.9%.

Source: Telegeography.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 12:35:13 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Azeri mobile operator Bakcell has chosen to deploy PT’s SEGway Number Portability Solution for its network in Baku, in line with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology’s (MCIT’s) requirement for service providers to make mobile number portability (MNP) available to subscribers this year. SEGway’s carrier-grade IP backbone provides a platform for seamless growth and the addition of revenue-generating features as networks evolve to next generation. ‘We faced an enormous challenge of selecting a vendor, testing, and turning up MNP within a very short window of time, and without impact to our network,’ commented Jordan Rashev, Bakcell’s head of Network Management Centre, adding: ‘We were confident that PT would deliver the quality we are accustomed to and meet our deadline. We are extremely pleased with their product and service.’

Source: Telegeography.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 12:32:55 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Costa Rican regulator the Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (Sutel) has announced plans to implement mobile number portability (MNP) by the end of 2012, or early 2013. The watchdog will select a company to manage the service by the end of August and the company will be given three months for infrastructure work, followed by a month of testing. As noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Sutel originally planned to have MNP available when it ended the monopoly of incumbent operator ICE Celular last year but chose to delay its implementation when the regulator failed to decide how to distribute the costs. MNP is expected to shake up the market further and level the playing field for the market’s two newest entrants, Mexican-backed Claro Costa Rica and Movistar Costa Rica. Even without MNP, the new players – backed by Latam heavyweights America Movil and Telefonica – have begun eating into ICE’s customer base: in the first three months of 2012 alone, ICE lost more than 400,000 subscribers to the new operators, reducing its market share from 93.1% to 87.8%.

In other Costa Rica news, Sutel has invited interested companies to take part in a preliminary hearing to receive comments prior to the watchdog’s launching of a tender for ‘Monitoring and Managing the National Spectrum’. The regulator is inviting comments on the draft tender until 25 June.

Source: Telegeography

Wednesday, July 04, 2012 3:56:19 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, June 22, 2012

France’s telecoms industry regulator Arcep has published its findings on the mobile communications market in France and its overseas territories for the period ended 31 March 2012, showing strong growth since the arrival of Iliad’s Free Mobile start-up in January. The watchdog reported that the total number of mobile service customers in metropolitan France and the overseas territories stood at 69.5 million, thanks to net additions of close to 900,000 SIMs in the quarter, a cellular penetration of 106.5% of the national population. Net growth in Q1 2012 far outstripped the average for the preceding five years (of 300,000 SIMs) it said, as Free Mobile made an instant impact on the mainland. Arcep added that in January-March the total number of gross sales (7.8 million) and account cancellations (6.9 million) both reached ‘exceptionally high levels’ in the past quarter.

Arcep said that the total number of mobile customers in mainland France stood at 66.8 million at the end of March 2012, up 6.1% on the same time in 2011, of which roughly three quarters (74%) were on monthly subscriptions. The increase in the number of flat rate plans was much stronger in the first quarter of 2012 it said – rising by 1.6 million in January-March, compared to 900,000 in 4Q11. Metropolitan France mobile network operators (MNOs) Bouygues Telecom, Free Mobile, Orange France and SFR collectively reported a total 59.4 million mobile subscribers, up 940,000 quarter-on quarter. Meanwhile, the number of mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) customers decreased by around 90,000 to 7.5 million by the end of March 2012 – equivalent to 11.15% of the market, down from 11.43% three months earlier. The use of mobile number portability (MNP) also leapt during the first quarter of the year, with 2.6 million numbers being ported, compared to one million in Q4 2011.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, June 22, 2012 3:12:15 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Prof John Nkoma, the director general for the Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA), says that the government has approved regulations to allow mobile number portability (MNP) in the country. Further, he notes that the TCRA has already put in place the necessary regulations to implement MNP and that a system will hopefully go live within the next twelve months.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, June 22, 2012 2:01:54 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Nokia has unveiled two new mobile phone models as it continues to accelerate its strategy to connect the next billion consumers to information and the internet. The Nokia 110 and Nokia 112 have been designed to appeal to young, urban consumers who want to experience a fast, affordable online experience.
 
Both devices are perfect for communicating across Facebook, Twitter and social media networks. The internet experience is also smooth thanks to the Nokia Browser. This innovative technology allows users to consume less data by up to 90 percent, by compressing websites in the cloud. Both devices offer direct access to Facebook and Twitter from their home screens. The Nokia 112 also features preloaded eBuddy instant messaging service right out of the box, so users can use popular chat services to keep conversations going 24/7.
 
In common with other Nokia mobile phones, consumers can choose from thousands of apps to download on the Nokia Store. With the upgraded camera, they can now customize their contacts with pictures, and share them with friends via social networks and Bluetooth.
 
Mary T. McDowell, executive vice president, Mobile Phones, Nokia, said that today¡¯s mobile phone users want a quick internet experience that allows them to discover great content and share it with their friends ¨C but without being held back by high data costs. The new Nokia 110 and Nokia 112 devices combine browsing, social media, apps, world-class entertainment and long battery life to create a great package for young, urban consumers who want to do it all.
 
The devices all feature a generous 1.8¡å display optimized for a great gaming experience. In the coming months, the Nokia 110 and Nokia 112 will bring free 40 key EA Games, valued at EUR 75 if bought separately, including well known titles like Tetris, Bejeweled, Need for Speed(TM) The Run, Monopoly Here & Now, and SimCity(TM) Deluxe. Consumers will be able to easily access the content by clicking on the Games Gift EA icon on their home screen which will take them to the Nokia Store to download the games. Once they have accessed the offering, they will have 60 days to download the games of their choice, keeping the games forever.
 
Both new phones offer an improved VGA camera for sharp and clear pictures with support for up to 32GB of external memory, enough for more than 6000+ songs or 90,000 pictures. Consumers can tune into their favorite radio stations and share their favorite songs with friends over Bluetooth. The phones have been optimized to provide a long-lasting battery life, with over 10 hours of talk time and nearly a month¡¯s standby, meaning that consumers can stay in-touch and entertained all day long.
 
The Nokia 110 and Nokia 112 are both Dual SIM phones, featuring the benefits of Nokia¡¯s unique and industry leading Easy Swap technology. This enables users to switch between SIMs quickly without having to remove their battery or turn off their phone. The Easy Swap technology can personalize and remember up to five different SIM cards, giving consumers full control over their costs.
 
The Nokia 110 will also be available as single SIM versions - Nokia 111 and Nokia 113, with this last one available in Europe and Eurasia only. The estimated retail price for Nokia 110 and its single SIM versions is about $45 and they are expected to start shipping in the second quarter of 2012. The estimated retail price for Nokia 112 is about $49, excluding taxes and subsidies, and is expected to start shipping in the third quarter of 2012.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Friday, June 22, 2012 1:58:41 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Jamaica’s lower house has approved amendments to the nation’s telecoms regulation that will give the sector regulator, the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) greater powers. The bill is expected to be considered by the upper house later this week before the governor general gives final approval for the alterations to pass into law. According to local press reports, ICT Minister Phillip Paulwell said that following the implementation of the new legislation, customers could expect to see a ‘massive’ drop in call rates, as the OUR flexes its regulatory muscles. Addressing parliament, Paulwell also suggested that the introduction of number portability (NP) was on the cards, saying: ‘It is full time that I should be able, with a number I have had for 25 years, for example, to take it to another provider and say: this is my number and I want service.’

Once again, the rivalry between the nation’s two remaining cellcos came to the fore, as Digicel – which, according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, claimed 82% of mobile subscribers at the end of December 2011 following its controversial takeover of Claro Jamaica – expressed its ‘grave concern’ regarding the overarching powers that the government wishes to invest in the OUR. LIME meanwhile, praised the amendments as a move towards a ‘levelling of the playing field.’

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, June 22, 2012 9:50:54 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Mobile number portability (MNP) will be available to Bangladeshi cellphone users in around a year, according to Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) chairman Zia Ahmed. The regulatory chief told Bdnews24.com that MNP is expected to be introduced after the BTRC and the telecoms ministry set out guidelines and implement some new technological solutions. Ahmed said that the regulator had begun initiatives to introduce the service after ‘resolving some technological issues.’ The parliamentary standing committee on the telecoms ministry recommended that the industry watchdog introduce MNP within the current year, at a meeting on 8 January. The issue was included in the 2G mobile licence renewal guidelines, and a four-member committee led by a director was formed to prepare guidelines on number portability – which are nearly finished, according to the report. Aside from technical issues, cost/revenue sharing agreements between operators related to MNP must be settled.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012 11:51:48 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The French telecoms regulator Arcep has published a press release reminding all mobile operators who are members of the EGP-EIG (the body responsible for managing mobile number portability [MNP] in the country) of their non-discrimination and transparency obligations regarding portability. The regulator notes that since the arrival of fresh competition in the shape of Free Mobile on 12 January, EGP-EIG and mobile operators alike have been contending with an upsurge in MNP requests, which have increased from an average 12,000 a day in 2011, to 40,000 today – the current system’s maximum capacity. Indeed, Arcep reports that on 13 January it informed EGP-EIG of ‘the urgent need to implement all of the means necessary to handle this exceptional surge in the number of portability requests’.

The regulator has therefore welcomed a joint announcement from the cellcos and EGP-EIG on Friday 27 January that they have agreed in principle to increase the system’s processing capacity to 80,000 portability requests per day, in an incremental fashion to avoid putting the MNP system in France in peril. Arcep has also invited operators to increase the capacity of their respective information systems proportionately. Furthermore, the chairman of the regulatory authority has sent a memo to all concerned, reminding them that, in accordance with the applicable rules, they must ‘ensure compliance with the principle of non-discrimination and provide consumers with clear and transparent information on how mobile number portability requests are processed’.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012 11:47:56 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Argentina will launch the mobile number portability system in March this year. Mobile operator Personal has already launched an informative campaign on its website instructing users how to use the new service. Argentina approved the introduction of the number portability system in August 2010, but the system launch has been delayed until now. The number portabil­ity service will be available for individual and business customers across Argentina, using either postpaid or prepay mobile services. Customers will be able to port their number free of charge for the first time. Further number portings will be charged, Infobae reports. Customers who port their number will be required to remain in the recipient operator's network for a minimum of 60 days.

Source: Telecom Paper.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012 11:43:18 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, January 19, 2012

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 the porting process.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, January 19, 2012 2:40:57 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, July 26, 2011

­Bahrain has launched Mobile Number Portability between the country's four mobile networks. Number portability for landlines will be offered from October.

The country's implementation of Mnp is 'recipient-led', where subscribers only need to contact the new operator. In addition, once a subscriber decides to move, the old operator may not directly contact the subscriber, with the purpose of trying to convince the subscriber to return, for a period of 3 months.

During the press conference, TRA Chairman Dr. Mohammed Al Amer said, "we expect the percentage of participants wishing to transfer their numbers up to 20% of the total number of mobile subscribers in the Kingdom of Bahrain."

SystorIntereurope Systems is managing the Number Portability Central System, which is a key component of the process responsible for coordinating the exchange of messages between Licensed Operators as well as maintaining the authoritative database of ported numbers and performance metrics of all Licensed Operators. 

The Number Portability central system is being hosted by the Bahrain Internet Exchange (BIX), which facilitates the ease of access by all operators.

Source: Cellular News

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 9:37:16 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has confirmed that mobile number portability (MNP) was successfully implemented in the country on 1 April 2011, making Kenya the 63rd nation to allow mobile phone users to retain their existing phone numbers when changing service providers. The long-awaited introduction of MNP follows a series of extensive public consultations that took place between 2004 and 2008. In March 2010 Netherlands-based Porting Access was awarded a contract to supply, install, commission and manage the country’s MNP services; those wishing to switch operators while retaining their numbers will pay a one-off fee of KES199.80 (USD2.36). However, Airtel Kenya, the country's second largest cellco by subscribers, has declared its intention to waive the MNP fee for anyone porting their number to its network. Rene Meza, managing director of Airtel Kenya, commented: 'The successful rollout of MNP is a great boost for Kenya's image in the global arena as it confirms the country's status as a technologically savvy nation, especially in the developing world'. Bob Collymore, CEO of market leader Safaricom, commented: 'We are not afraid to lose customers. Other networks have always been after Safaricom subscribers anyway. It is good that consumers now have a choice, I think each network should be left to deal with MNP in its own way'.

CCK director general Charles Njoroge commented: 'The implementation of number portability is expected to deepen the level of competition in the mobile telecommunications market and enhance consumer choice. In the new dispensation, service providers who do not pay attention to quality and good customer service may find it hard to survive. The operators have carried out the necessary tests and we expect the services to kick off without major hitches. There might be a few teething problems at the beginning, but this should be sorted out within the shortest time possible'.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in November 2004 the CCK announced that MNP would be introduced on 1 July 2005. The deadline was later pushed back, and in 2007 MNP was postponed indefinitely after the operators complained about the high costs involved in setting up the system. In April 2010 the CCK announced that the country’s four cellcos – Safaricom, Airtel (then Zain), Orange and Essar – would be required to start offering MNP from July that year, a date which was subsequently put back a further six months, to 31 December. In December MNP was delayed once again, until 1 April 2011.

Source: TeleGeography

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 8:00:11 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Mobile number portability has kicked off in Kenya, enabling phone subscribers to retain their numbers whenever they opt to change service providers. Communications Commission of Kenya Director-General Charles Njoroge said in a statement the implementation of number portability is expected to deepen the level of competition in the mobile market and enhance consumer choice. Njoroge says introduction of number portability will result in improvement in the quality of service as mobile operators fight it out to retain and attract subscribers in their network. All subscribers wishing to port their numbers will be expected to fill in the Mobile Number Portability Form at the retail shop of the mobile operator they intend to switch to and present original identification documents for verification.
 
For company lines, an official letter from the organization, duly signed by the relevant authority, will be required. Subscribers will also pay a porting fee of KES 200 and will be issued with a new SIM card and will continue to use the services of their current operator until the automated porting process is complete. To start the automated porting process subscribers will need to send the word PORT or HAMA to 1501 using their existing SIM card. The subscriber will then receive an SMS from PORTING with the following information: Thank you for your SMS. Your porting request is being processed. When the automated switching process is complete, one will receive, within a few minutes (but not longer than 48 hours), an SMS from PORTING saying: This Account will be closed soon.
 
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 2:31:34 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ghana’s National Communications Authority (NCA) is gearing up for the implementation of mobile number portability (MNP) from 1 July 2011, to give mobile users the option of switching service providers for the first time. It is understood the NCA has completed more than 90% of the necessary technical groundwork needed to facilitate MNP, with its director of regulatory and administration affairs, Joshua Peprah, confirming that ‘all is set for the take off of the MNP on 1 July’.


Mr Peprah went on to say that the regulator has selected a privately owned joint-venture partnership, Porting Access Ghana (PAG), to establish a central database of all ported numbers and also to facilitate porting within 24 hours. It will cost the user around GHC4 (USD2.50) to port his or her number to the new network provider via PAG’s system. It is hoped the introduction of number porting will increase competition and drive down prices as cellcos roll out new offers and ‘freebies’ in a bid to convince customers to stay with them when MNP takes off.

Source: TeleGeography

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 3:34:16 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Bulgarian telecoms regulator the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) has announced that it will fine the country's three mobile operators - MobilTel, Cosmo Bulgaria (GloBul) and Vivacom (formerly Bulgarian Telephone Company, BTC) - a total of BGL1.5 million (USD1.06 million) for breaking mobile number portability (MNP) rules.

The cellcos have confirmed they will most probably appeal against the decision in the Supreme Administrative Court. In 2010 the trio were fined the same amount following over 40 customer complaints about number portability.

Source: TeleGeography

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 3:32:44 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, February 11, 2011

The Telecoms Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has revealed that more than 1.7 million subscribers have opted to change their provider while keeping the same number since the introduction of mobile number portability (MNP).

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, the service was initially introduced only in the Haryana circle in November last year, before being extended nationwide on 20 January 2011. The regulator has claimed that of the total requests to port numbers, around 229,000 came from the Haryana circle, while of the regions where it has been more recently introduced Gujarat recorded the highest number of requests, approximately 167,000.

Source: TeleGeography

Friday, February 11, 2011 11:11:59 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, February 07, 2011

The UAE’s two telecoms operators, Etisalat and Du, will offer full number portability (NP) by the end of March 2011, according to a report by Reuters, which cites the UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA). The regulator hopes that the service, which allows subscribers to retain their telephone number when they switch service provider, will encourage competition in a market where – according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database – wireless penetration is as high as 240%.

‘It will stimulate competition between the two operators because operators will try to hold onto their customers,’ commented Mohamed Al Ghanim, director general of the TRA, at a conference in Abu Dhabi. ‘Both operators will be in readiness by the end of this month. Then the TRA will test it,’ he added. Ghanim also stated that infrastructure sharing between Etisalat and Du will ‘hopefully’ happen in 2011, with both companies currently working towards solving technical issues. He also ruled out issuing a third licence in the UAE, stating that ‘the market cannot take [another player]’.

Source: TeleGeography

Monday, February 07, 2011 11:50:25 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Mobile Number Portability (MNP) has finally, after many delays, been launched across India today. The launch of the nationwide service was staged by Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh making an inaugural call to Shri Kapil Sibal, the Union Minister of Communications & IT from a ported number.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Kapil Sibal said that though India has introduced Mobile Number Portability relatively late compared other developed countries but at the same time it has done so by adopting latest technologies and methodology. He further stated that seeing the size of the country, number of subscribers & their growth rate and the number of operators per Licensed Service Area, there will be hardly any country with a network of so much complexity where MNP has been implemented.

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Source: Cellular News
Monday, February 07, 2011 11:40:27 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, December 14, 2010

According to Bloomberg, mobile number portability (MNP) will be introduced in Serbia in March 2011, in compliance with European Union standards. Following regulatory changes this year and technical preparations that should be completed in February, an estimated 9.9 million mobile-phone users will be able to switch from one operator to another without changing their numbers, Telecommunications Minister Jasna Matic is quoted as saying. ‘Number portability is a key element of true competition because many users are reluctant to change operators if that requires changing numbers’, Matic said in a statement. She declined to estimate the likely impact on rates or on the size of the overall market, but said at least 10% of users are likely to change operators next year.

The decision has been met with varying degrees of enthusiasm amongst the country’s three wireless network operators. MT:S, the mobile arm of state-owned fixed line incumbent Telekom Srbija, which claimed a 59.2% share of the subscriber base at the end of September, said in an e-mailed statement to Bloomberg that it accepted the change, while rival network operator Mobilkom Serbia (VIP Mobile) welcomed the move, saying it is ready to meet all technical conditions. Telenor Serbia meanwhile was quoted as saying that the change ‘should be postponed to early June 2011,’ to allow more time for technical preparation, including setting up a central database station for routing ported numbers between operators.

Source: TeleGeography

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 11:49:27 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, November 30, 2010

­India started the long-delayed rollout of mobile number portability (MNP) as the service was launched in Rohtak, Haryana by Shri Kapil Sibal, the Union Minister of Communications and Information Technology.Speaking on the occasion Shri Sibal announced that this service will be expanded to the entire country on January 20th, 2011. As continued efforts of the Government to increase competition in the market and to provide wider choice to customer, Mobile Number Portability will be an important step.

The networks in all the remaining 21 Licensed Service Areas have started migration for working in the MNP environment. For orderly technical migration of complex interconnected networks, each of the remaining service areas will be migrated one by one on alternate days. This will enable simultaneous validation of technical parameters and removal of any problems arising from migration activity to ensure successful and smooth migration of a service area. Migration activities will not take place during the festival season at the end of December, 2010.The Department of Telecommunications Secretary, Shri R. Chandrashekhar said on the occasion that this facility will intensify the competition among service providers both in respect of quantity of services and quality of service as well as in terms of tariff.

The DoT guidelines created geographical division of the country into two Number Portability Zones, each consisting of 11 licensed service areas. Subsequently, one operator in each zone was selected. Syniverse Technologies was granted licence for operating in Northern and Western India and MNP Interconnection Telecom Solutions was granted licence for Eastern and Southern India.According to a Nielsen survey last year, it seems that close to one in five (18%) Indian mobile phone subscribers could change their mobile operator when Mobile Number Portability is introduced into the market.

Source: Cellular News

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 3:32:54 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, July 15, 2010

Ofcom has announced that from next year mobile subscribers will be able to transfer their number to a new operator in just one working day, rather than the two days it takes currently. The new regulation will come into force on 11 April 2011. Ofcom CEO Ed Richards said: ‘Ensuring consumers can switch between communications providers by removing unnecessary barriers is one of Ofcom's priorities for 2010/11. Being able to switch quickly and easily between mobile providers is an important part of healthy and effective competition.’ In 1999 customers had to wait 25 days to switch their number to a new provider.

Source: TeleGeography

Thursday, July 15, 2010 9:15:51 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Following years of delay, Kenyan mobile phone users will be able to switch networks without changing their numbers by the end of the year, following the award of a licence to manage the service. Mobile number portability (MNP) has long been a contentious issue in Kenya, and it was not until March 2010 that Porting Access of the Netherlands was awarded a contract to supply, install, commission, and manage MNP services. At the licence handing over ceremony this week, the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) director-general Charles Njoroge commented: ‘This award is expected to bolster the level of competition in the mobile telecommunications market to the benefit of consumers’.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in November 2004 the CCK announced that MNP would be introduced on 1 July 2005. The deadline was later pushed back, and in 2007 MNP was postponed indefinitely after operators complained about the high costs involved in setting up the system. In April 2010 the CCK announced that the country’s four cellcos - Safaricom, Zain, Orange and Essar - would be required to start offering MNP from July this year, a date which has since been put back a further six months. Those wishing to switch operators while retaining their numbers will pay a one-off fee of KES199.80.

Source: TeleGeography

Thursday, July 15, 2010 8:20:37 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, April 15, 2010

Data from the Telecommunications Carriers’ Forum shows that 102,000 wireless subscribers have switched operators but kept the same phone number since August 2009. 2degrees has enjoyed the largest gain, with 65,000 users porting their number to the newcomer, 80% of which moved from Vodafone. For its part Vodafone has unveiled a new cut-price plan, offering 200 minutes of landline and mobile calls for NZD12 (USD8.5) per month. However, the company’s head of corporate communications Paul Brislen says the new tariff is not a reaction to the mobile number portability (MNP) figures. Vodafone also revealed that it is investing NZD500 million in extending its 3G network to reach 97% of the population.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, April 15, 2010 7:07:13 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Kenya’s telecoms regulator the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has announced that the country’s four cellcos – Safaricom, Zain, Econet and Orange – will be required to start offering mobile number portability (MNP) from July. The move marks the beginning of the end of a protracted and repeatedly delayed process. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in November 2004 the CCK announced that MNP would be introduced as early as 1 July 2005. The deadline was later pushed back, however, and in 2007 MNP was postponed indefinitely, with operators complaining about the high costs involved with setting up the system. The CCK launched a public consultation on MNP in November 2008, saying it hoped to have number portability implemented by September 2009, although this too was delayed.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 7:14:29 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, March 05, 2010

The introduction of mobile number portability (MNP) in India looks set to face further delays, according to the Economic Times, on the back of security concerns raised by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). It is understood that the ministry’s worries over the MNP proposals have forced the Foreign Investment Promotion Board to defer its earlier approval of MNP Interconnection Solution as one of the two companies selected by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to oversee the introduction of the service. Concerns have been raised over the ownership structure of MNP Interconnection Solutions, with the MHA first voicing its objections in December 2009, with the ministry claiming that a number of shareholders in the company had no experience in running telecom services.

Nonetheless, in a separate but related report by Dow Jones Newswires, it was noted that Andimuthu Raja, the Indian communications minister, said that, even with the expected delays, MNP should be launched by the first week of May. The introduction of MNP has seen a number of delays, having first been scheduled for implementation by 31 December 2009 in the cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta and Chennai, as well as in the Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu circles. This deadline was subsequently pushed back to 31 March 2010, but again this now looks unlikely to be met.

Source: TeleGeography

Friday, March 05, 2010 10:32:01 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, February 05, 2010

Ecuadorian mobile telephony operators had received 29,092 requests for mobile number portability (MNP) by 25 January 2010, following the service’s introduction on 12 October 2009, the country's telecoms supervisory body Suptel said in a statement, reported by BNamericas. 15,855 users requested to have their number ported from Porta to Movistar, while 8,596 asked to port their numbers from Movistar to Porta. The rest were to and from state-owned Alegro PCS, which had a net loss of 25 ports.

Source: TeleGeography

Friday, February 05, 2010 9:38:24 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, January 14, 2010

A total of 4.2 million people requested number portability (NP) in Brazil last year, according to data published by the body managing number portability in the country, ABR Telecom. The agency also reported that of the total, 3.2 million people actually completed their switch to a new provider – equivalent to 1.56% of the 210 million fixed and mobile lines in the country. ABR Telecom said that 2.28 million lines were mobile phones and around one million were fixed line connections. NP began to be introduced in Brazil in September 2008, and it was available throughout the country by March 2009. To date, a total of 4.52 million people have requested to switch, of whom 3.48 million have been successfully ported.

Source: TeleGeography

Thursday, January 14, 2010 11:07:57 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Latvia’s three largest mobile network operators by subscribers – Tele2 (Latvia), Latvijas Mobilais Telefons (LMT) and Bite Latvia – have agreed to reduce the time taken to port mobile numbers, Delfi.lv reports. It is understood that the three cellcos, in line with instructions issued by the European Commission, will speed up the number porting process from the ten days it currently takes to just five from 1 March 2010.

‘We are pleased with the agreement, but we believe that operators are now technically ready to provide number portability within one day. Therefore...we argued for the need to reduce the time of transfer rates to one day. Reducing the transfer time will favourably influence the number of choices for mobile users,’ said Zita Zilgalve, director of Bite Latvia. According to European Commission directives, prior to 11 May 2011 mobile number portability timeframes should be reduced to no longer than one day in all eurozone countries.

 

Thursday, January 14, 2010 9:42:25 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, January 11, 2010

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has confirmed that the launch of mobile number portability (MNP) has been delayed until the end of March 2010, the Economic Times reports. A statement from the ministry of communications confirmed the delay, noting that ‘the government has now decided to implement it [MNP] in whole of the country in one go by 31 March 2010.’ Under the original plans for the implementation of the service wireless subscribers in Category A circles and Metros were expected to be offered MNP from the beginning of January, with the rest of the country pencilled in to gain access to the service from 1 April. It is understood that the main reason for the pushing back of the deadline is that a number of telcos have informed the DoT that they need more time for upgrading their systems.

Further delays could be on the cards however, with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) having also raised concerns over the identity of shareholders of MNP Interconnection Telecom Solutions India, which has been selected to administer the service in the southern and eastern states. As reported by CommsUpdate last month the MHA claims that a number of shareholders in the company had no experience in running telecom services, whilst the ministry has also called on the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) to review the clearance it has granted the company due to its presence in Pakistan.

Source: TeleGeography

Monday, January 11, 2010 10:59:15 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, January 07, 2010

Citing state news service Agencia Andina, BNamericas reports that mobile number portability (MNP) was officially launched in Peru on 1 January. The service has run into controversy already, however, as although it is being advertised as 'free', users have to pay PEN15 (USD5.2) for a new SIM card from their new operator. Consumer association Aspec has called on the regulator Osiptel to provide clearer information.

Source: TeleGeography

Thursday, January 07, 2010 10:44:28 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, December 09, 2009

India’s two state-owned operators, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL), have announced that they will not meet the deadline for the implementation of mobile number portability (MNP). According to the Economic Times, both claim they have been unable to introduce the necessary upgrades to their systems to allow for number portability; MTNL says its delay stems from the amount of time and money needed to upgrade its legacy network, while BSNL has claimed it has been hindered by a number of factors ranging from the lack of a draft interconnect agreement to issues regarding tariffs for off-net and on-net calls, as its network will not support differential charging.

At a recent meeting chaired by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) secretary regarding MNP, both BSNL and MTNL revealed that they would not be ready to offer the service before April 2010. As a result the regulator has inaugurated a coordination committee with both operators, alongside MNP Interconnection Telecom Services India and Syniverse, the two companies picked to run the country’s MNP services. The government had previously set a 31 December deadline for implementing the MNP regime for the Metro and Category A circles, with the remaining regions to come online by June 2010.

Source: TeleGeography

Wednesday, December 09, 2009 3:09:13 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Brazil’s telecoms standards coordinator ABR Telecom says that as at 30 November 2009 the total number of number portability requests received from customers reached 3.95 million. Of the total, around 2.58 million were for mobile numbers and 1.36 million for fixed line connections. Moreover, the standards agency confirmed that 3.05 million requests have been completed, the majority of which – 69% - are for mobile lines. Brazil opened the door for number portability when it implemented a partial NP system in September 2008. It has now been available nationwide since 2 March 2009 to than 193 million users in Brazil's 67 different area codes.

Source: TeleGeography

Tuesday, December 08, 2009 10:08:56 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Vodafone Ghana said yesterday it is pushing for the implementation of mobile number portability (MNP) in the country.

The company’s head of corporate communications, Albert Don-Chebe, said: ‘The claims and counter claims by network operators on which one has the best network quality will all be put to rest when MNP is implemented to give the subscriber the power to decide which network is best.’ The Minister of Communications Haruna Iddrisu had earlier confirmed his commitment to MNP during his vetting in parliament, saying: ‘With as many as six mobile operators in Ghana it has become necessary for MNP to be implemented to give customers the choice and flexibility to be on any network they want and I can assure you that I am committed to its implementation.’ However, he noted at the time that the introduction of MNP was dependent on the setting up of the appropriate regulatory and technical environment ready to use it. The national telecoms regulator, the National Communications Authority, said about a year ago that it was standardising the national numbering system before the implementation of MNP, possibly in 2011.

Source: Telegeography

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 3:57:28 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Bahrain's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has directed mobile operators in the country to make mobile number portability (MNP) available by the end of this year. The Gulf Daily News reported that the regulator also announced the standard charge for the service would be BHD10 (USD26), whilst the number porting process should take two days. TRA general director Alan Horne told a press conference: ‘We see this as one of the more important measures...to increase competitiveness and choice for the consumer.’

Source: Telegeography

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 1:32:52 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, July 02, 2009

According to India’s Economic Times, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has revealed draft legislation for the introduction of mobile number portability (MNP). Having previously indicated that it expected MNP to be implemented by 20 September 2009 in all metros and some states, the TRAI has fleshed out the details of the impending regulations. Under the proposals customers will only be permitted to switch providers after 90 days of service from their existing service provider, and will face a further 90 day wait if wanting to switch again. Subscribers will be required to submit a request in writing to their provider, which will then be responsible for carrying out a series of mandatory checks, including identity verification. The switching process must be completed within five days. Subscribers will face a fee for the service, although the level of this charge has not yet been decided; estimates for the fee are between INR250 (USD5.18) and INR400 (USD8.29). The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has already selected two companies – Syniverse Technologies and MNP Interconnect – to implement and manage MNP.

Source: Telegeography

Thursday, July 02, 2009 8:47:47 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, June 26, 2009

The Hungarian mobile market continued to shrink in May, though at a lesser rate than in April. At the end of the month, the three Hungarian mobile operators had a total of 11.912 million subscribers, which is nearly 79,000 lower than in April. The National Communications Authority (NHH) also noted that in May, the number of subscriptions per 100 people dropped to 118.9 from the 119.6 recorded one month before.

At the end of May 2008, the number of subscriptions per 100 people was 114.1, while the highest recorded value until today was 121.8 at the end of December 2008.

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Source: Cellular News.

Friday, June 26, 2009 11:07:12 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Following a feasibility study, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has concluded that mobile number portability (MNP) is not necessary until the wireless subscriber tally is higher. ‘At this stage, number portability is not something we see as a remedy in this market,’ Patrick Masambu, executive director of the UCC, said. ‘We carried out a study into this and we have the conclusion that there is a certain subscriber sum we need before we introduce number portability because of the costs involved.’ Masambu said that MNP will only make sense when there are ten million mobile subscribers in the country. At the time the UCC conducted the study Uganda had three million users, a figure which had jumped to 8.7 million by the end of 2008.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009 9:15:36 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, May 15, 2009
According to a data published, nearly 6,000 Latvian mobile subscribers have ported their numbers in the month of April. Of the total mobile users ported, more than 40% opted Bite as their service provider. To simplify the porting number process, Bite introduced a toll-free line which allows prospects to request Bite Latvija SIM cards to be delivered at their home or office addresses. The new Bite SIM card will be sent within two working days after placing of the request.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Friday, May 15, 2009 10:53:18 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, May 12, 2009

India’s Economic Times is reporting that the introduction of mobile number portability (MNP) will take place in the four metro calling circles by 20 September 2009 at the latest. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has ordered that, following the award of contracts to Syniverse Technologies and MNP Interconnection for the management of MNP systems, rollout of the service must take place within six months in some regions. The DoT split the country into two zones for the purposes of MNP management, and Syniverse, which won the contract for zone 1, must implement MNP in Delhi, Mumbai, Maharashtra and Gujarat by September, while MNP Interconnection must facilitate the service in Calcutta, Tamil Nadu, Chennai, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka by that date. The remaining circles in each zone must have access to MNP by 20 March 2010. The DoT has also stated that the Telecoms Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) will be responsible for setting the fees for the services, and while no official announcement has been made regarding the pricing structure it is understood that the number porting fee is likely to be below INR300 (USD6.16).

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 3:10:36 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, May 04, 2009

The subscribers will be charged not more than Rs. 300 to avail number portability service, likely to start from September 20. “It will be one time cost for subscribers seeking portability but the charge is not yet finalised by the DoT and TRAI, on which they are working. So far, it seems the charges would not be more than Rs 300 but this could be even below Rs 200,” according to the sources. The government has deliberately forced operators to keep the cost and charges at a level so that the subscribers are willing to use the service. Also at the same time make the service providers a viable business model, they said.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Monday, May 04, 2009 11:21:02 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, March 23, 2009

The number of active broadband connections in Ireland (fixed and mobile) passed the 1.2 million mark at the end of 2008, up 35% year-on-year, according to data published by the national telecoms regulator ComReg. Excluding mobile broadband subscriptions however, the figure for xDSL, cable-based and other (WiMAX etc) lines was 891,000. The regulator said that broadband per capita penetration reached 27.1% at the end of the year, with DSL subscriptions accounting for 45.9% of all internet subscriptions. During the fourth quarter, the number of dial-up internet subscribers fell to just 237,475, down 27% y-o-y; total internet subscriptions stood at 1.4 million, 18.5% higher than a year earlier.

ComReg’s quarterly report notes that cellular penetration in the Republic stood at 121% by 31 December 2008, as the total number of mobile subscriptions passed 5.3 million. Vodafone remains the leading player, with a 41.1% market share, followed by O2 with 37.9%, Meteor Mobile with 18.2% and 3 Ireland with just 2.8%. ComReg reported that the total number of text messages sent in the three months to 31 December reached over 2.8 billion, up from 2.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2007. In addition it noted that approximately 1.487 million people have switched mobile provider since the launch of Mobile Number Portability (MNP) in June 2003.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, March 23, 2009 12:54:25 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The mobile subscriber base in Slovenia has surpassed the population of the country, reports the Agency for Post and Electronic Communications. According to the Slovenian Watchdog, the mobile penetration in the country has reached 100.1% in Q4'08, rising by 4.9% from 2007.

Mobitel, country's largest mobile operator, lead the market with 58.9% of the market share, followed by Simobil which stood at 27.8% and Tusmobil at 5.8%.

Nearly 85,075 of mobile phoner numbers were ported in 2008, escalating by 30% since 2007.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 9:49:44 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Spain has reportedly added 276,352 mobile subscribers in the Spanish mobile market, taking the subscriber base to a total of 50.89 million, a hike of 3.7% since last year. According to CMT, the Spanish regulator, Yoigo took over 44.3% of the total net additions, while MVNOs took 29.6% of the total net additions, Vodafone got 18.5% of net adds to its kitty whereas Orange accounted for 7.4% and Movistar 0.2%.

Mobile penetration in the country reached 112.6% rising from 108.6% in December’07.The M2M sector has gone up by 32.3% since 2007, to 1.47 million lines. The growth of the M2M sector brings the total number of mobile lines to 52.36 million.

Nearly 378,302 mobile numbers were ported in December’08, a rise of 9.6% in comparison to 2007. Yoigo, Orange and the MVNOs saw a postive rise in portability, while Vodafone and Movistar saw a negative downfall. Yoigo won 24,765 users, the MVNOs attracted 19,927, and Orange added 106,249 ported subscribers.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 11:49:53 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The National Authority for Communications (ANC) has issued a press release claiming that since number portability was introduced last October there has been a total of 31,514 ported numbers as of the begining of February. Over 26,000 of the total are mobile numbers, whereas 5,291 are fixed telephone numbers. The main fixed customer gains were seen by RCS&RDS (1,059), UPC (1,892) and Vodafone (1,479). Where mobile telephony is concerned, following porting, all five of the operators gained new subscribers: Cosmote gained 11,707, Vodafone 7,328, Orange 6,849, Telemobil 211 and RCS&RDS 128.

Porting is possible only within the same category of numbers (fixed-fixed, mobile-mobile). The service has been available in Romania since 21 October 2008. The ceiling of ported numbers per day was gradually extended, as required by the number of porting requests, and at present each operator can port 500 numbers a day.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 11:23:39 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Turkcell, Turkey’s largest mobile operator in terms of subscribers, has reported that it attracted 650,000 net new customers in the final three months of 2008, taking its total user base to 37 million. Rival operator Avea said on Friday that it had gained 244,000 net new subscribers since the implementation of mobile number portability (MNP) in mid-November, meaning that the country’s other cellco, Vodafone, has been the big loser since MNP was introduced; it saw customer numbers fall from 17.36 million at end-September to 16.72 million three months later.

Source: teleGeography.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 4:07:40 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, January 08, 2009
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In related news, the regulator also announced that the number of mobile subscriptions rose by 111,000 in November 2008, the three domestic mobile operators thus having 11.95 million customers in total at the end of the month, with a population penetration level of 119.1 %.

Based on the number of SIM cards that can receive calls, by the end of November the market share of T-mobile increased from previous month’s 43.90 percent to 43.94 percent, the market share of Vodafone grew from 20.82 percent to 20.88 percent, while Pannon’s market share dropped from 35.29 percent to 35.18 percent.

The clients of the three mobile operators ported 4,700 numbers in October. According to the data of the NHH, a total of 241,806 numbers were ported since mobile number portability became available in May 2004.

Source: Cellular News.

Thursday, January 08, 2009 11:55:23 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Romania’s National Communications Authority (ANC) says almost 25,000 porting requests have been submitted in the two months since the implementation of number portability, with around 15,600 orders processed so far. The figures are in line with the regulator’s expectations. More than 21,000 porting requests were for mobile accounts, and operators have completed approximately 14,000 transactions. Third-placed operator Cosmote was the big winner with 5,960 users already transferred to its network with their old number. 4,167 users have migrated to market leader Orange, while second-placed Vodafone has fulfilled 3,778 porting requests, ANC says. ‘So far, an operator was allowed to port no more than 300 numbers a day. Today, we will start extending this ceiling, gradually, as required by the number of porting requests,’ ANC President Liviu Nistoran said in a statement.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, January 08, 2009 11:53:19 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

According to Brazil’s telecoms standards authority ABR Telecom, a total of 119,143 telephone numbers were ported in the 122 days since number portability (NP) was implemented on 1 September 2008. BNamericas reports that by 31 December ABR Telecom had registered 78,960 ports from mobile telephony users and 40,183 from fixed telephony users. The total number of requests submitted was 180,144, of which 119,533 were mobile and 60,611 were fixed. NP is currently available to about 59.6 million users in the states of Acre, Alagoas, Bahia, Ceara, Espírito Santo, Goias, Maranhao, Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraiba, Parana, Piaui, Rio Grande do Norte, Rondonia, Santa Catarina and Sao Paulo. The system is expected to be available nationwide by end-March 2009.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, January 08, 2009 11:52:22 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, December 09, 2008

­Spain's telecoms regulator, the CMT has reported that mobile number portability has remained roughly stable at around 300,000 per month, with 338,361 numbers ported in the month of October. This is a 5.9% rise on the same month a yeat ago.

The fourth network operator, Yoigo, and MVNOs gained 7,459 and 8,539 lines respectively - while Vodafone, Movistar and Orange all saw a net outflow of subscribers through MNP.

Vodafone took an average of 29.2% of the gain lines of the past three months, Orange, 25.5%; Yoigo, 19.2%; Movistar, from 14.3% and finally the MVNOs, the remaining 11.9%. The country added a gross amount of 242,913 lines in October.

The regulator also reported that there are now 1.44 million machine-to-machine connections in the country.

On the web: CMT

Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008 10:26:27 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, December 04, 2008

Number Portability in Brazil has extended to another 8.9mn fixed and mobile telephony users in three states in the country, reports Anatel. Telephony services users in the area code 82 in Alagoas state, area codes 12 and 13 in São Paulo state and code 83 in Paraíba state can now port their numbers to other operators. According to telecoms standards coordinator ABR Telecom, Requests to port numbers in Brazil reaches 97,641 by November 27. Of the overall requests, 57,375 telephone numbers have already been ported - 34,168 mobile and 23,207 fixed.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Thursday, December 04, 2008 1:59:19 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Mobile subscribers of Peru will enjoy number portability free of charge, said Deputy Communications Minister, Gonzalo Ruiz. The government will try to guarantee an easy process for users willing to port their mobile numbers, he added.

In January 2009, Number Portability (NP) is scheduled for implementation in Peru and telecoms regulator Osiptel has recently published the regulations for number portability implementation.

The transport and communications ministry (MTC) has given consent over the use of the All Call Query (ACQ) methodology for NP in Peru. A central database will be created of ported numbers which operators will consult for every call to find out which network a dialled number belongs to.

The telecoms operator will invest approximately US$22million to implement Number Portability.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008 10:21:34 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, November 28, 2008

Number Portability, which was launched in Brazil of September’08, will now be available to another 8.3mn fixed and mobile telephony users in Brazil’s four states, reports country’s telecoms regulator Anatel.
Users of telephony services in Minas Gerais state, Paraná state, Santa Catarina state and Rio Grande do Norte state can now port their numbers to other operators. In total, NP currently reaches 29.2mn users across various states of the country.
According to ABR Telecom, coordinator, Requests in Brazil for porting numbers reached 61,960 by November 3 and of the overall requests, 36,671 telephone numbers have already been ported - 20,892 mobile and 15,779 fixed.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Friday, November 28, 2008 4:43:59 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, October 30, 2008

Avea, one of Turkey’s leading mobile operator sees a boost of 2.5 million new subscribers with the introduction MNP. Avea predicts that nearly 9 million mobile users in Turkey will switch their operators, taking advantage of this new service.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Thursday, October 30, 2008 4:01:13 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Fixed and Mobile Number Portability launches in Romania, enabling the users to switch their operator without having to change their phone number. With the coming of number portability the competition in market will grow as every operator will be running to give out lower tariffs in an effort to grab maximum subscribers with their competitive packages.
According Liviu Nistoran, president of telecoms regulator ANC, it is estimated that in the next two years of number portability approximately 20%-25% of mobile numbers will be ported. The regulator says that operators will have ten days to complete number porting requests.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Thursday, October 30, 2008 3:49:39 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |