Morocco’s National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (Agence Nationale de Reglementation de Telecom, ANRT) has launched a tender for the supply, installation and operation of a centralised number portability (NP) database. The move follows the regulator’s decision to amend the terms and conditions for NP services in the country with Decision 04/15 of 8 October 2015. The updated legislation was created to improve ‘the operational modalities’ of the number portability regime by reducing the time required to port a number, in addition to facilitating the implementation of a centralised NP database.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the ANRT ordered the implementation of mobile number portability (MNP) to be completed by 1 January 2007, but granted operators extra time to set up the required systems after they complained of technical difficulties. At the end of April 2007 the regulator announced the commercial introduction of fixed and mobile number portability; since 31 May 2007 all operators are legally bound to port a customer’s number on request.