3 criticises unfair MNP fee

4 Jun 2007

Irish 3G mobile operator 3 is resisting calls from rival cellcos that it must pay them a EUR20 fee for any customer joining 3 but retaining their old number under mobile number portability (MNP) rules. The Sunday Business Post writes that Vodafone, O2 and Meteor have agreed a so-called ‘porting fee’, but 3 is dragging its heels saying the charge is uncompetitive and penalises new entrants. Meteor is also understood to be interested in a reduction in the fee and the issue is being discussed by ComReg in a wider debate on MNP. The country’s two leading operators Vodafone and 02 are currently the biggest beneficiaries under the scheme, but a spokeswoman for 3 says it had never agreed to any porting charge and as such would not pay it.



Have feedback, corrections, or story ideas? Send them to editors@commsupdate.com.

Browse Past Issues


Filter CommsUpdate by the following categories or use the search.


Visit our help page information on performing advanced searches, including how to restrict the results by country or company.


CommsUpdate is an outstanding advertising venue for companies seeking to reach:

  • International carriers
  • Wholesale service providers
  • Equipment and software vendors
  • Telecom investors
  • Regulators

Learn more about advertising on CommsUpdate.