Honduras’ National Telecommunication Commission (Conatel) will introduce Mobile Number Portability (MNP) in the country from 30 April 2014, state newspaper El Heraldo reported. Conatel’s president Ricardo Cardona disclosed to the media that the new service will be an incentive for companies to improve their services, adding: ‘It is very difficult to say, but we estimate that initially 10% [of subscribers] could change [their network providers], or maybe a little more … What this law generates is an attractive [level of] competition between [operators]’.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in September 2013 Conatel approved the Number Portability Act; after the official publication of the Act in the national gazette, a technical committee was selected to establish the regulations and define the basis for the tender to contract a database management company. It was not until December 2013, however, that Norway’s Systor Trondheim, which won a MNP contract in Ecuador in 2009, was selected to take charge of the operation, administration and management of a central MNP database in the country. Nine companies expressed an interest in the auction, with four of them submitting bids.