Second, I collected qualitative information on number portability
discussions in five regional organizations--Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Inter-American Telecommunications Commission under the Organization of American States (CITEL), European Union, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).
All parties are working on the agreed process and timetable for the implementation of Mobile Number Portability
, and a full timetable will be presented to the public in the coming months.
Earlier, Bahraini telco Batelco announced its launch of the fixed number portability
services for PSTN and ISDN in the country, which was on October 4, the same date that Bahrain TRA set the deadline for fixed telephony.
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The major novelty in the procedure is the fact that the client is now required to apply for number portability
only with the receiving operator, which is supposed to take care of the entire transaction, while earlier the consumer was supposed to deal with both companies.
Consumers will benefit more from number portability
than business users, at least in the short term, Garter predicts.
b) Telecom Service Providers will be given 6 months time for implementation of Full Mobile Number Portability
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solutions, visit http://www.
Mohamed Al-Thawadi, executive director of BIX, said that access to the number portability
central system is open to most of the operators as they are already using BIX services.
The one-stop-shop number portability
procedure was formally introduced on August 6, 2010, in order to help customers who want to change their operator but keep their number.
The TRA Strategic and Retail Market Review document published in February identified number portability
as one of the key measures to improve competition in the kingdom and ensure that subscribers' choice is not hindered by unnecessary barriers, including restriction to transfer their number to their new service provider.
The Wireless Local Number Portability
Act will let consumers keep their telephone numbers when they switch from a wired to a wireless carrier, or between wireless carriers, within a local area.