The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has made an official statement to the effect that mobile subscribers will not pay for Mobile Number Portability (MNP) service scheduled to begin in September. I downloaded a copy of the document titled “Nigeria Mobile Number Portability – Business Rules & Port Order Processes – March 2012” today.
Here is the relevant excerpt from the release:
“For the avoidance of doubt, neither the `recipient operator’ nor the `donor operators’ shall be entitled to charge subscribers for requesting to use the porting service or for porting their numbers.
It is my opinion that is is an excellent policy. A disgruntled subscriber should not be made to bear the cost of leaving a service that he already feels cheated by. Again, a date has been fixed (for the penultimate time) for this service to come online. One can only hope that the date is kept to this time.
Mobile number portability means that a subscriber on network A can switch to network D without having to change his/her mobile number.
If interested in all the technical details, download the PDF file.