Nigeria to introduce mobile number portability to remedy quality of service problems

Posted on August 28, 2007  /  0 Comments

In the South Asian region, Pakistan has taken the lead in introducing mobile number portability.   Who will be second?   As the story below states, this takes some time and planning.   LIRNEasia will shortly post a report on the MNP workshop conducted in Islamabad by the PTA last week. 

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The Nigerian telecoms regulator is working on plans to allow mobile phone subscribers to keep the same number when they change networks in a bid to force providers to improve services, its top executive said Monday.

As things stand, Nigerians have to give up their numbers if they want to move to a new network, which discourages many subscribers from trying a different provider even when they face constant problems making or receiving calls.

“We are planning for the future to allow number portability. The aims are to improve quality and competition,” Ernest Ndukwe, executive vice-chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, told Reuters by telephone.

“It is still some months away. We are going to conduct consultations with the industry and announce a starting date in the near future,” he said.

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