The introduction of number portability (NP) in Nigeria is now expected to begin from September this year, Leadership Nigeria cites Dr. Eugene Juwah, the executive vice chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), as saying. Last October the regulator announced it had selected a consortium of three companies – Interconnect, Saab Grintek and Telcordia – to manage the implementation of NP, which enables subscribers to retain their phone numbers when they switch service provider. According to Juwah, the consortium will receive its licence this month; within six months of this date it is required to set up and introduce the NP platform, ahead of a two-month testing period. ‘So we expect that most likely the NP service will start in September this year,’ he said. The NCC chief also said that the regulator was looking to auction spectrum in the 2.6GHz band. ‘We believe that by the time we conclude [the spectrum sale], there will be enough frequency to be able to add towards the fibre development to create a good broadband deployment in Nigeria,’ Juwah said.
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