The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is set to begin testing mobile number portability (MNP), ahead of a planned launch of the long-delayed service in the first quarter of next year. IT News Africa quotes the NCC’s director for Public Affairs Tony Ojobo as saying that the test run of MNP is scheduled to begin this month in order to address any problems before the full introduction of the service. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that the introduction of MNP was first considered by the NCC in the third quarter of 2007, but the commission has been waiting for the conclusion of SIM registration in the country before it officially launches the service, which enables a subscriber to retain their mobile phone number if they switch provider. The NCC announced in October 2011 that it had selected a consortium of three companies – Interconnect Clearinghouse Nigeria, Saab Grintek and Telcordia – to set up and implement number portability for the first five years.
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