Mobile number portability to be implemented in Nigeria

gailjadehamiltommobAirtel has said the project will promote competition and improve quality of service. (Image source: gailjadehamilton/Flickr)The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said that mobile number portability will be implemented in Nigeria in Q1 2013

The National Association of Telecommunications Subscribers (NATCOMS) Nigeria president, Deolu Ogunbanjo, urged the NCC to stick to its pledge of implementing mobile number portability.

NCC executive vice chairman Eugene Juwah has assured that mobile number portability would be implemented before the end of the first quarter of 2013, without fail.

Airtel Nigeria had called on the NCC to fast-track the implementation of the project earlier this month in Nigeria.

The company said that the move will promote competition amongst operators and also improve the quality of service in the industry.

Airtel director of regulatory affairs and special projects, Osondu Nwokoro has said, “Airtel is in full support of the urgent implementation of mobile number portability.

“We commend the NCC for its efforts so far and encourage them to push harder for the implementation of the project. It is our belief that the implementation of mobile number portability will improve quality of service and also help to put an end to anti-competitive practices in the industry.”

Nwokoro added that the initiative will benefit telecoms consumers as well as drive operators to improve service delivery.

Airtel head of licensing and compliance Adeyemi Shola stated that Airtel was currently working with stakeholders to ensure the successful completion of the project.

Shola stated, “Right now, the mobile number portability test run is about to commence and Airtel is prepared for this phase of the project. We are also working harmoniously with the Interconnect Clearing House and other operators to ensure that the project commences as scheduled.” 

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