Ghana’s telecoms watchdog the National Communication Authority (NCA) has reported that 447,095 subscribers have used Mobile Number Portability (MNP) service in Ghana in the year ended 30 July 2013, a 21% year-on-year increase on the 370,107 ported numbers reported one year earlier. According to a press release, the total number of completed porting requests (since the launch in July 2011) has reached 817,202, which represents 3% of the country’s mobile subscriber base of 27 million. Moreover, the average porting times have also dropped from five hours and 21 minutes reported in July 2011, to five minutes and 25 seconds in June 2013. NCA attributed the success of the MNP services to ‘the initial advance preparations and rigorous testing and the collaboration amongst all the key stakeholders: NCA, Porting Access Ghana (the central MNP service provider), and the mobile network operators.’ The watchdog forecasts that the number will further increase to one million ported mobile numbers by end-October.
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