2011 is definitely going to be the year of exciting developments in mobile. I got a snipet this morning that there was a press conference at which the NCC announced that number portability will commence in Nigeria in May 2011.
This is almost unbelievable. I had previously read an online official publication of the NCC last year, where NCC was talking about plans to introduce number portability. I was discussing it on twitter yesterday, while talking about the new MTN tariffs. People started saying that certain Nigerian Network would be the worst hit if number portability is effected. See its going to come on Life in May 2011.
According to a report in THIS DAY Live:
The Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr Eugene Juwah, has disclosed that number portability will commence in the country in May this year.
The agenda the commission will pursue, includes the consolidation and integration of mobile wireless services, fixed line and broadband deployment for national development; enhanced competitive market, enhanced choice for the consumer; vigorous compliance monitoring and enforcement of regulations and directions; national connectivity for accelerated growth and enhanced international relations.
What is Number Portability?
Number portability enables mobile telephone users to retain their mobile telephone numbers when changing from one mobile network operator to another. If I am with a particular network and I am dissatisfied, I can simply move to the network of my choice without changing my number. I would not have to go through the pain of finding how to alert my contacts that my number has changed.
When number portability eventually go on live, it is going to instigate more competition among telecom operators. Hopefully, this will result in subscribers enjoying more benefits. I am really looking forward to this.
Are you as excited as I am?
What changes are you looking forward to when number portability eventually goes live?
Is this going to bring in any rapid change in the telecom services provided in Nigeria for voice calls, text, and data?
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