MTN Nigeria has reportedly made the necessary preparations ahead of the Nigerian Communications Commission’s (NCC’s) long-delayed introduction of mobile number portability (MNP), which is expected to take place in the next few months. Business Day Online cites MTN’s CEO Brett Goschen as saying that a series of tests have already been carried out on the operator’s systems and infrastructure, with further testing to take place in the immediate run-up to the launch of MNP. ‘We have made necessary investment in infrastructure and manpower and we are now finalising the process of making this project a reality,’ the executive stated, adding: ‘We are confident that when the NCC is ready to blow the whistle for the kick off of this project, we will be ready.’
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 before it officially launches the service. 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, and having already pushed back the expected launch date on various occasions, in December 2012 the regulator said it was set to begin testing the system in order to address any problems ahead of a planned launch in the first quarter of this year.