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Ghana to push on with MNP; GT to install SIM phones in 250 communities

Ghana’s Minister-Nominee for Communications Haruna Iddrisu said yesterday he would forge ahead quickly with plans to usher in mobile number portability (MNP) to improve consumer choice and drive down prices. Iddrisu reportedly made the promise when he was being vetted by the Parliamentary Appointments Committee for the position of Minister of Communications. ‘It is time for the regulation regime to make it possible for mobile phone users to be able to migrate from one network to the other with the whole of the phone numbers, including the network code and I think that it is about time the National Communications Authority (NCA) brought MNP on,’ he said.

In a separate story, Ghana Telecom (GT) says its mobile arm GT-OneTouch will install SIM phones in 250 rural communities across the country by July 2009. GT says its new majority shareholder Vodafone has spent the last six months investing heavily in its networks, services and staff to improve telecoms services in the country.

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February 11, 2009 at 16:54 Leave a comment

Turk Telekom ready and willing to buy, Avea gains from MNP

Turk Telekom announced, in a statement to the Istanbul Stock Exchange, that an investment mandate decision had been agreed at a board meeting earlier this week, reports Reuters. ‘The decision was reached for the extraordinary general meeting… to mandate the management board for any kind of company purchases for up to USD1 billion within 2009,’ the company said. The extraordinary general assembly is scheduled to meet on 25 February. Although the operator did not reveal any particular acquisition targets, the company did submit a preliminary, non-binding bid for the Macedonian wireless operator Cosmofon last month. 

In other news, Turk Telekom’s wireless subsidiary Avea announced this week that it had gained a net 244,000 subscribers since number portability was introduced in Turkey. Science Technologies and Communication Council (BTK) President Tayfun Acarer announced that 1.3 million subscribers have attempted to take advantage of number portability, which requires cellcos to allow customers to keep their phone numbers when switching to a different service provider, since it was introduced on 10 November 2008.

February 6, 2009 at 18:17 Leave a comment

ComReg slashes wholesale number portability costs (Ireland)

Ireland’s telecoms regulator, the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg), has slashed wholesale prices operators charge one another for switching either a mobile phone or fixed line to a new service provider. SiliconRepublic reports that ComReg’s decision will cut 90% off the cost of wholesale mobile porting charges and 70% for a wholesale fixed line change in which the end user retains their existing number. New wholesale number portability (NP) rates – which have to be provided under law by both fixed and mobile operators – will be levied at a maximum EUR2.05 (USD2.62) for porting a cellular number and EUR4.02 for a corresponding landline switch. 

ComReg has announced additional changes to other wholesale fixed line NP charging, including a new maximum EUR3.50 fee for Geographic Number Portability (GNP) in relation to Unbundled Local Metallic Path (ULMP) provisioning, and a maximum charge of EUR5.74 for Non-Geographic Number Portability (NGNP).

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February 2, 2009 at 17:59 Leave a comment

Israel to allow MVNOs on market

The Israeli government has announced that it will permit the launch of MVNOs on the local market. The ministry of communications said that several companies have already expressed their interest for various new business models, including full MVNO. The government expects that the entry of more mobile operators to the market, along with the already existing number postability, will boost competition and encourage operators to come up with more attractive offers for customers. The ministry has prepared a draft ‘Licence for the provision of mobile telephony services involving the use of a mobile telephony network of another company’, and has laid down the main conditions and requirements of applying for an MVNO licence. There are currently three main mobile network operators in Israel: Orange, Pelephone and Cellcom.

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January 29, 2009 at 14:39 Leave a comment

DoT opens bids for MNP implementation (India)

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has begun the process to introduce mobile number portability (MNP), inviting bids from interested companies. The DoT has stated that it is looking for companies with previous experience in implementing MNP systems, and the submission deadline has been set as 6 February 2009. A list of pre-qualified bidders will be released on 16 February, with selected companies then asked to present their plans for rollout on 23 and 24 February. The winner will be announced on 5 March. The regulator has reiterated that the charge for the service will be decided by the Telecoms Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). The TRAI had set a charge of between INR200 (USD4.07) and INR300 (USD6.10) in 2006, but it is understood that a new fee will be decided before the service is launched. The government had initially expected MNP to be introduced in Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta and Chennai by the end of 2008. If the new deadlines are met as planned it is expected that the service may be introduced within the first half of 2009.

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January 27, 2009 at 16:50 Leave a comment

DoT working on number portability to meet June deadline (India)

Working towards meeting the June 2009 deadline, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) will shortly issue clarifications to the bidders on the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) norms, after which it will start accepting applications from the prospective firms to act as agencies for porting numbers.

The government has already held the pre-bid conference last month and is about to issue queries of the operators on the same. The bids are scheduled to be opened on February 5, said an official. The prospective bidders will act as clearing houses and database for the MNP system.

The implementation roadmap for MNP is for metros and category A circles by the middle of 2009 and in the entire country by the end of 2009.

The DoT is also likely to take a decision shortly if it is in the ambit of existing norms to allow users to shift between GSM and CDMA services of the same operator before the full-fledged MNP starts between two operators.

The intra-operator MNP is possible with two operators in the Indian context — Reliance Communications and the Tatas. While RCom has announced its pan-India GSM services recently, Tatas do have spectrum for GSM service but are yet to start the service.

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January 5, 2009 at 19:15 Leave a comment


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