Ghana’s telecoms regulator the National Communications Authority (NCA) says it plans to usher in mobile number portability (MNP) in the country, enabling customers to keep their existing phone number if they decide to switch service providers. The move is designed to increase competition and consumer choice by removing some of the barriers and costs that often stop subscribers from migrating to a rival operator. NCA hopes the advent of MNP – the timetable for which has not been disclosed – will drive down prices and increase mobile take-up. Joshua Peprah, Director of Regulations and Licensing at NCA told CITY&BUSINESS GUIDE that the watchdog is currently consulting other countries that have already implemented MNP to help formulate the optimum implementation plan. It is understood two of mobile operators, Millicom Ghana (Tigo) and Kasapa Telecom, have already welcomed NCA’s decision on MNP, although the response of some larger operators, such as MTN Ghana, which could have more to lose under the scheme, has so far been muted.
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