Bangladesh's mobile networks are seeking another two years to deploy Mobile Number Portability in the country.
Last month, the telecoms regulator, the BTRC outlined plans to introduce MNP, with the expected launch due at the end of this year.
However, in a letter to the regulator, the Association of Mobile Telecom Operators of Bangladesh (Amtob) says that the mobile networks first need to deploy their 3G networks, and that the cost of adding MNP would require a large investment.
Amtob Secretary General TIM Nurul Kabir Monday told the Dhaka Tribune: "We have sent a letter to the regulator, clearing our position on the timeframe and are now waiting for them to call a meeting."
He added that their research hadn't found a country yet that had implemented MNP in less than two years.
"A lot of financial, commercial and technical issues are involved with this. So, we need to think more before taking the final decision." he added.
- 15 Nov 2013 23:54
Moldova's telecoms regulator says that testing of the Mobile Number Portability system has been completed, and the three mobile networks will start to offer the service from the 1st July.
The mobile networks are allowed to take up to 5 days to process a number portability request, but not to charge for the facility.
The Minister of Information Technology and Communications, Pavel Filip, expressed his certitude that enhanced competition between providers will not only bring about an extended range of services, but will also improve service quality and customer care.
The launch of number portability in fixed networks is scheduled for July 31, 2013.read more
- 15 Nov 2013 23:58