The MNP will give the consumer a choice and freedom to be with the best network at any time as well as enhance competition in the industry.
Eugene Juwah, the NCC Executive Vice-Chairman, disclosed this in Ibadan at the 72nd Telecoms Consumer Parliament held on Thursday at the Jogor Centre.
Mr. Juwah, who was represented by Sylvanus Ehikioya, the Director of New Media, said the MNP would give consumers the option of changing their network at will while retaining their mobile numbers.
“It is my pleasure to inform you that the commission has concluded all arrangements to flag off Mobile Number Portability in the country. One of the most significant barriers to competition in the telecommunication industry is the reluctance of consumers to change their network even when they are dissatisfied with the services provided by the providers. We are determined now to give the consumer a choice and freedom to be with the best network at any time as well as to enhance competition in the industry,” he said.
He said that once the MNP becomes operational, subscribers would no longer be compelled to carry many handsets at the same time for the fear of network failure. He, however, added that the MNP would also reduce tariff considerably and bring healthy competition in the industry.
The NCC boss, however, failed to give a new date for the commencement of the number portability, after earlier postponements
The Commission’s Director of Legal Services, Josephine Amowa, said the prerequisite for the number to be ported was to have it registered in the SIM registration database.
“Intending subscribers would have to visit the customer care centres of the network providers to be ported with valid Identification Cards and each swap have 90days minimum for a new swap,” she said.
Mrs. Amowa, who was represented by Afure Ukoha, said porting would also take 48 hours to be effective on subscription.
“It would empower consumers, stimulate competition between the service providers and enhance the delivery of their services in the country,” she said.
The event was attended by Femi Atoyebi, Assistant Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau and Reuben Mouka, Head of Media and Public Relations. The programme was also attended by representatives of the various telecoms service providers.