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