Norway’s Systor Trondheim, which won a mobile number portability (MNP) contract in Ecuador in 2009, has reportedly been selected to take charge of the operation, administration and management of a central MNP database in Honduras, local newspaper El Heraldo reports. According to the article, the country’s telecoms watchdog the National Telecommunication Commission (CONATEL), and representatives of cellcos Tigo, Claro and Hondutel, have announced that nine companies had expressed their interest in the auction, with four of them submitting bids. Tigo CEO Otto Pineda said: ‘This is a major investment of over HNL46.5 million (USD2.27 million), held 100% by Tigo and other mobile operators together to ensure a successful process in the country, and absorb all costs on behalf of our customers.’
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in June 2013 CONATEL approved the Number Portability Act, which will eventually see the adoption of MNP in the country; after the official publication of the Act in the national gazette, a technical committee was selected to establish the regulations and define the basis for the tender to contract a database management company. A total of four companies lodged their interest in the tender: Spain’s Informatica del Corte Ingles, which administrated the MNP process in Costa Rica; Sweden’s IConectiv (Telcordia), which won a similar MNP contract in Chile in 2011; Norway’s Systor Trondheim; and Porting XS, which was awarded Latin America’s most recent MNP contract, in Panama.