NCC: MNP is succeeding
By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria
Despite the scepticism that greeted the recent launch of mobile number portability (MNP) in the country owing to the fact that Nigerians have become used to clutching more than one mobile phone with the country becoming the largest market for dual-SIM phones, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said the scheme has attracting the attention of the subscribers.
Speaking on the sidelines of the eWorld Forum in Lagos, NCC’s Director, Public Affairs, Tony Ojobo, said within the first 48 hours of the launch of MNP, more than 4,000 subscribers ported from one network to the other, assuring that the scheme has also deepened competition in the market.
He said this has made operators wake up to their responsibilities to provide good service quality and innovative product offerings to their subscribers. He added that it has also led to massive investment in network upgrade by the operators.
Ojobo restated the regulator’s commitment to ensuring that operators adhere to the key performance indicators (KPIs) they signed with the NCC.
Desirous of reducing the loss of lives associated with motor accidents, NCC said it had partnered with the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) over the deployment of information communication technology (ICT) tools for road safety.
Ojobo who represented the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the NCC, Dr. Eugene Juwah, on the occasion, said to further improve road safety, the commission has deployed Emergency Communication Centres (ECC) in all the state capitals and Abuja. He said these call centres will receive emergency calls from a universal emergency code '112' for telephone users to call in case of emergency.