Chile’s Department of Telecommunications (Subsecretaria de Telecomunicaciones, Subtel) announced the full introduction of intermodal number portability on 5 September, enabling the transfer of telephone numbers between fixed and mobile networks. In a press release, Minister of Transport and Telecommunications Andres Gomez-Lobo commented: ‘Today we completed a gradual process that began five years ago and that seeks to promote competition among telecommunications companies, encouraging them to offer lower rates and better service to users.’
The process of implementing fixed number portability began in Arica and Parinacota in December 2011, with portability between mobile numbers introduced the following month. Geographic portability was launched in November 2015 and at the start of this year Subtel unified the numbering systems for fixed and mobile networks under a nine-digit structure, in order to facilitate the introduction of intermodal portability. According to the regulator, by the end of August 2016 over 7.42 million fixed and mobile numbers had been switched to a different service provider.