State-owned telco Empresa Hondurena de Telecomunicaciones (Hondutel) has revealed that it is ready for the introduction of mobile number portability (MNP) in Honduras, as the 30 April deadline looms. According to a company press release, Hondutel participated in pre-launch tests of the service, in conjunction with other domestic mobile operators. Further, prior to the launch of MNP, the telco will perform several public demonstrations in order to show ‘how easy and beneficial the service is for Hondurans’.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in September 2013 Honduras’ National Telecommunication Commission (Conatel) approved the Number Portability Act; 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. It was not until December 2013, however, that Norway’s Systor Trondheim, which won a MNP contract in Ecuador in 2009, was selected to take charge of the operation, administration and management of a central MNP database in the country.