Following Thailand’s introduction of mobile number portability (MNP) in December 2010, statistics for number porting up to 16 January 2012 have been released, showing that a relatively modest total of 304,779 phone numbers were successfully switched between cellular networks in the period of just over a year, of a total of 401,053 requests for number transfers. According to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), mobile market leader Advanced Info Services (AIS) saw a net effect of 54,000 subscribers moving to its network via MNP in the period, although AIS’s small, wholly-owned subsidiary Digital Phone Co (DPC) lost a net 12,000 phone numbers as a result of MNP. Second-largest cellco Digital Total Access Communication (DTAC) experienced a net MNP loss of 5,000 customer accounts during the same period, while third-ranked GSM provider True Move suffered a net MNP loss of 110,000 users of its 2G/trial 3G services. However, a net 78,000 new customers switched their numbers to either True’s new commercial 3G 850MHz service, True Move H – which is offered via resale subsidiary Real Move using capacity wholesaled by CAT Telecom – or CAT’s new 3G retail ‘My’ branded offering which shares the same infrastructure as True Move H.
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