30 December 2012

Nigeria: Number Portability Postponement, an Infringement On Subscribers' Rights - NATCOMS

Chief Deolu Ogunbanjo, President of National Association of Telecommunications Subscribers (NATCOMS), on Thursday said that the postponement of the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) project was an infringement on subscribers' rights.

Ogunbanjo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that one of the eight rights of subscribers was the right to choose.

He said that MNP was to provide a platform for telecoms consumers to choose whichever network they wanted to use, while retaining their original network's numbers.

According to him, MNP will add a lot of value to businesses because a subscriber does not have to change his or her initial number if he or she is dissatisfied with that network.

"Mobile Number Portability will make operators to sit up because they will not want to lose their subscribers," he said. The NATCOMS chief said that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) had initially announced that the MNP would commence in the third quarter of 2012.

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