NCC starts work on MNP
GOVERNMENT| April 25, 2012, 8:38 a.m.
Nigeria’s NCC has begun work on mobile number portability (MNP), releasing draft guidelines for the process for public comment.
This follows the successful nationwide SIM registration exercise, in which over 110 million SIMs were registered. The NCC said earlier this year that the exercise paved the way for MNP, which was likely to become available around September this year. MNP allows mobile phone users to switch operators without losing their numbers.
In a first step towards MNP, the NCC has now issued a discussion document entitled: ‘Nigeria Mobile Number Portability: Business Rules and Port Order’. The document sets out a framework for launching and managing MNP, covering 35 critical areas of operations and contractual agreements between the mobile network operators and the consumers.
Among these are a stipulation that the porting process should take no longer than two working days.
Dr. Eugene Juwah, the executive vice chairman of the NCC said earlier this year that the regulator had selected a consortium of three companies – Interconnect, Saab Grintek and Telcordia – to manage the implementation of MNP. The consortium will be responsible for the set up and implementation of the MNP Clearing House and administer MNP in the country
MORE GOVERNMENT NEWS
Nigeria launches MasterCard-branded National eID cardsThe Nigerian Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has begun the issuance of 13 million MasterCard-branded National eID cards, with President Goodluck Jonathan the first to receive his card. Read More
Minister warns about social mediaA junior minister has advised Batswana to be very cautious of the now popular social media, saying it has become a scourge and harbinger of many criminal acts including terrorism. Read More
Which African president has the best website?The presidency of Togo, a tiny West African nation of six million people, has the best presidential website in Africa out of the 40 countries surveyed by Jeune Afrique magazine. Read More
Multimillion Kwacha traffic project questionedPlayers in the transport system have questioned the decision to settle for MOVESA and Fischer Consortium as the eligible bidder to upgrade Maltis. Read More
Statistics Botswana conducts ICT surveyStatistics Botswana (SB) has embarked on the first-ever nationwide Botswana Information & Communication Technology (ICT) survey, targeting 2,440 households. Read More
Rwanda Online platform officially takes offThe Government of Rwanda and Rwanda Online Platform Limited have kicked off the first phase of the Rwanda Online platform, set to establish an integrated public service platform for Government to Business and Government to Citizen services. Read More
Congo Brazzaville, Cameroon customs go hi-techCongo-Brazzaville and Cameroon have agreed to seek the help of ICTs to computerise their customs services. Read More
Candidates decry lack of internet in villagesAspiring parliamentary candidates have decried lack of technology in the villages bordering the urban spaces and beyond. Read More
COFEK supports Matiangi over impeachment callsThe Consumers Federation of Kenya (COFEK) has defended Ministry of ICT cabinet secretary Dr Fred Matiangi after the ICT Association of Kenya (ICTAK) called for him to be impeached. Read More
FEATURED STORYSafaricom-Equity battle for mobile banking hots up
Equity bank's entry to the mobile banking and telephony industry is still hanging in the balance with London-based global association of mobile operators (GSMA) calling for independent audit.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHKenya rolls out e-extension to improve agriculture
In a bid to curb the overwhelmed number of agricultural extension officers in Kenya, the ministry of agriculture is embracing technology with their introduction of E-Extension services, which are aimed at reaching out to over 7 million farmers annually.