Peruvian telecoms regulator Osiptel has ruled that, from 2 January 2015, mobile operators will no longer be allowed to lock handsets, preventing them from being used on a rival cellco’s network. The watchdog noted that this change in policy had been discussed since 2013, but was now to be implemented to further the recent increase in competition and to complement the increasing popularity of mobile number portability (MNP). As previously noted by CommsUpdate, the reduction in porting time to less than 24 hours in July this year has resulted in an uptick in the use of MNP.
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