Regulator sees NP launch in early 2015, looks to enforce QoS standards

10 Jul 2014

El Salvador’s telecoms regulator Superintendencia General de Electricidad y Telecom (SIGET) plans to finally introduce number portability (NP) in February next year, El Mundo reports. Speaking at the Economic Committee of the Legislative Assembly, SIGET head Blanca Coto said that a tender will be launched next month to select a portability administrator, with a view to launching the service in early 2015. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that legislation calling for the introduction of NP was first passed in June 2010, but SIGET subsequently postponed its implementation, stating that telecoms operators were not prepared for the change, while a lack of consensus over who will fund the process has led to further delays. Meanwhile, Coto has also addressed the need for the introduction of quality of service (QoS) standards in the telecoms sector. The SIGET head said that amendments to the Telecommunications Act are required to empower the watchdog to monitor compliance with such standards, and to also sanction telecoms operators if their service quality is deemed inadequate.

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