Oct 12, 2011 – Nigerian Communications Commission,NCC To implement Mobile Number Portability
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said starting from the first quarter of 2012, Nigerians will be able to move from one network to another without the fear of loosing their original numbers.
The Commission through its Head of Media and Publicity, Reuben Muoka, said that a consortium of telcos comprising Interconnect, Saab Grintek, and Telecordia will be providing the service to Nigerians for the first five years.
NCC said the consortium will be responsible for the set up and implementation of number portability clearing house in Nigeria, and provide mobile number portability solution administration in Nigeria within six months of receiving the license with a testing period of two months.
The NCC had earlier indicated that the number portability programme would be the next logical step following the SIM card registration exercise, as it was necessary to know the identity of subscribers, who were porting their numbers at different times from one network to another.
Mobile number portability (MNP) is a service that enables mobile telephone users to retain their mobile telephone numbers when changing from one mobile network operator to another. (Daily Times)