According to sector regulator Osiptel the launch of Bitel and the rebranding of Nextel del Peru to Entel has led to an 81% increase in the number of users switching provider via mobile number portability (MNP). New deals offered by the duo saw MNP figures increase to 21,396 for the period from 1-23 October, compared to 11,844 for the whole month of September. The watchdog added that in the five years since its introduction, 310,661 customers have used MNP, 47,439 of which since 16 July when Osiptel reduced the maximum porting time to 24 hours. Entel saw the greatest net benefit, adding a total of 11,724 new subscribers, whilst Bitel added 982 users. Local heavyweights Claro and Movistar booked net losses of 4,438 and 8,268 respectively.
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