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 Friday, 05 February 2016

El Salvador’s telecoms regulator, the Superintendencia General de Electricidad y Telecom (SIGET), has announced that a total of 85,170 fixed and mobile numbers have been successfully ported to another service provider since the service was introduced on 24 August last year. In a statement on its website, the watchdog claims that the country’s telecoms market has benefited from new and improved deals and promotions from service providers in the four months since the launch of number portability (NP), which gives consumers the opportunity to freely exercise their right to choose their telecoms operator.

TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that legislation calling for the introduction of NP came into force in 2010, but SIGET subsequently postponed the service’s implementation, stating that telecoms operators were not prepared for the change, while a lack of consensus over who would fund the process also led to further delays. Eventually, legislation stating that the cost of the process would be absorbed by the recipient operator was approved in October 2014, and in January 2015 SIGET announced that it had awarded the NP administrator contract to Mediafon, in association with local company imCard, ahead of the service’s official launch for fixed and mobile users in August.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, 05 February 2016 09:01:24 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Chile’s Department of Telecommunications (Subsecretaria de Telecomunicaciones, Subtel) has announced that from 6 February the country will use a nine number dialling system. The change will allow the regulator to implement intermodal number portability, enabling customers to port their fixed number to a mobile subscription and vice versa. At present, mobile lines use an eight digit numbering system whilst fixed lines use a ten digit system. Under the new structure, calls to fixed lines will drop the first ‘0’ of the current number, whilst mobile numbers will add an extra ‘9’ to the start.`

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 15:16:23 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 13 January 2012

Chile has launched the fixed number portability system. Chilean customers can currently port their fixed numbers in the Arica region. Arica has around 36,000 households with fixed telepho­ny lines. The system will be made available to the Santiago area in March 2012, to be then gradually expanded across the country. Additionally, Chile has rolled out a mobile number portability trial. The pilot will take about one month. The mobile number portability system is scheduled for commercial launch on 16 January 2012, Emol reports. Communications software and services provider Telcordia is managing Chile's number portability system.

Source: Telecom Paper.

Friday, 13 January 2012 13:15:35 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 24 January 2011

­Mobile Number Portability (MNP) was introduced in Haryana in December 2010 and thereafter will be introduced across India in January 2011, a move that is expected to further intensify competition in the already crowded mobile services market. In ICRA's opinion, with implementation of MNP, subscribers would get a wider choice and would be able to switch between service providers easily, thereby compelling service providers to offer competitive pricing plans and offer higher service quality to attract and retain subscribers.

In ICRA's view, direct fallout of implementation of MNP would be an increase in customer churn. Change in mobile number has been a major deterrent in switching service operators in the past, especially for high usage customers; however, with the implementation of MNP, customers would be able to easily switch from one service provider to another without changing their mobile number. Moreover, ICRA expects, the low porting charges (maximum of Rs. 19 per porting to be paid by the subscriber) and low porting time (7 days for all circles except Jammu & Kashmir, Assam and North East where the maximum time period for completing the porting process would be 15 days) to drive the adoption of MNP in India.

Increase in the churn is expected to increase the customer acquisition and retention costs of operators, which coupled with competitive tariff plans and falling average revenue per user (ARPUs) is expected to result in a decline in the operating margins of the telecom operators especially in the short term. Under such a scenario, telecom operators with stronger financial profile would be better placed to cope with the increasing competitive intensity.

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Source: Cellular News
Monday, 24 January 2011 11:22:33 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 02 July 2009

Brazil’s telecoms standards coordinator ABR Telecom says that as of 25 June this year, a total of 1.42 million telephone numbers had been ported in the country, of which 958,286 (67%) were for mobile lines and 464,185 (33%) were fixed line connections. The agency went on to say that more than 1.93 million people have requested number portability (NP) under the government’s new regime, of which 65.5% are for mobile lines and the remainder for fixed telephony. NP was fully implemented nationwide on 2 March covering 193 million Brazilians in 67 different area codes.

Source: Telegeography

Thursday, 02 July 2009 08:57:53 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |