Nigerian MNP kicks off next week

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says the long-awaited mobile number portability (MNP) programme will launch next week.

MNP was initially expected to commence in June last year, but was later postponed to December, then Q1 2013.03.21

Tony Ojobo, NCC Director of Public Affairs, said in a televised interview on Channels Television that launch would be flagged off by the end of this month. He noted this was in line with the NCC’s goal of launching MNP in the first quarter of this year. “It will be launched on the 26th or thereabouts,” he said.

Ojobo noted that MNP would allow subscribers to port from one service provider to another without losing their numbers. “You go to the customer service centre of the network you want to port to. You will need a photo ID,and fill in forms  and all of this data will be captured in the centre database,” he said.

He noted that this tied in to the country’s SIM registration exercise, run last year. He said: “In the next month, there will be verification of all the SIMs that have been registered during the SIM registration exercise.”  If any discrepancies are discovered during registration exercise, the affected subscribers will be notified by SMS and be requested to go to a service centre to clear up problems.

Ojobo said the process of porting would take a maximum of 48 hours from initiating the process to the point where the number is functional through the new service provider.

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