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03-10-2012

Tanzania: Bidding started for Mobile Number Portability

Tanzanian Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has published an updated advert inviting operators to send in their interest to establish the Number Portability clearing house database facilities and management of its operations

The implementation of Mobile Number Portability across African countries is the measure taken to boost the telecom industry.  Regulations for the operation have already been drafted by TCRA, so far, between 9 and 10 firms have already expressed their interest.

Chief Executive Officer of Porting Access Kenya, Mr Ronald Vlasman, confirmed that they are one of the firms that submitted the bid. 

The Mobile Phone Number Porting Service is an added benefit for mobile phone subscribers wishing to change their subscriptions while holding on to their current phone numbers.  This service is expected to increase the competition among mobile phone operators in Tanzania.  This will give subscribers the power to switch networks to get the quality of service they need, the best customer satisfaction and better rates, while stll keeping the same number

Port Access Kenya, is owned by PortingXS International, a Netherlands-based firm.  The firm has already been supplying services of the same kinds to different countries and is eyeing to get this contract with Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA).  Port Access Kenya is the operator of Ghana's Mobile Number Portability (MNP) service.

The same porting access service in Kenya was implemented last year by the Communications Commission Kenya.  While the same services were encouraged and created, a positive response to most countries, Kenyan mobile operators and subscribers showed little interest in Mobile Number Portability implementation in Kenya.

 

By Our Staff Reporter