El Salvador’s telecoms regulator, Superintendencia General de Electricidad y Telecom (SIGET), has postponed the implementation of mobile number portability (MNP) in the country indefinitely. Local newspaper La Prensa Grafica writes that an ongoing argument about whether or not operators should fund the introduction of the system is the reason behind the move. SIGET president Luis Mendez is quoted as saying that the market’s mobile providers are unwilling to invest in the implementation of MNP, while the state itself lacks the funds to meet the costs of setting up the system. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that El Salvador is home to five mobile network operators, namely: Telemovil, which operates under the Tigo brand of its international parent Millicom International Cellular (MIC); America Movil-owned CTE Telecom Personal (Claro); Telefonica Moviles (Movistar), the local unit of Spain’s Telefonica; Digicel; and integrated Digital Enhanced Network (iDEN) operator Intelfon (RED).
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