Wednesday, October 12, 2011

NCC selects consortium for Number Portability


The Nigerian Communications Commission has named some three companies, Interconnect, Saab Grintek, Telecordia as the consortium for the implementation of its proposed Number Portability (NP).

Head, Media & Public Relations, Mr. Reuben Muoka, confirmed this on Sunday, said that the appointment of a consortium of three companies would implement the proposed Number Portability services in the country.

He said, Number Portability would allow phone users to move from one network to another without losing their numbers.

The trio of Interconnect, Saab Grintek, Telecordia, he said, were the Commission’s preferred vendor for the service after the technical, financial and demo presentations by the bidding vendors were evaluated.

According to Muoka, the consortium would be responsible for the set up and implementation of Number Portability Clearing House in the country, and provide mobile number portability solution administration in nation within six months of receiving the license with a testing period of two months.

He explained that members of the consortium are to execute a tripartite agreement that would indicate their specific responsibilities in the process with the regulator approving such agreement to tally with the conditions of the provision of the service in the country.

He also said, NCC had mandated the consortium to ensure that local content participation and adequate skills transfer are entrenched in the process during the implementation of the five-year license.

Just as the consortium would be expected to configure the technical solution for number portability in Nigeria line with the consultation documents as earlier published by the Commission, and the solution is to be customized to meet the specific process needs, as well as other requirements of the Nigerian network operators.

He recalled that NCC had earlier indicated that the Number Portability programme would be the next logical step following the SIM Card registration exercise as it is necessary to know the identity of subscribers who are porting their numbers at different times from one network to another.

“Number portability will allow subscribers to move to alternate networks when they are no longer enjoying the quality of services being obtained from their current operators, or when they are no longer happy with the tariffs offered by their current subscribers as they will still retain their original numbers irrespective of the new network from which they may be obtaining their services,” he said.

Remmy Nweke
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