The introduction of mobile number portability (MNP) in Bangladesh has been delayed by three months to 31 July, The Daily Star reported. Infozillion BD Teletech Consortium – which was awarded a licence to implement and operate an MNP system in November 2017 – has started installing the necessary equipment, with the installation set to be finalised within a few weeks. Going forward, the company revealed it needs to run trials in cooperation with cellcos, though mobile operators had requested earlier this year ‘a couple of months for preparation’. ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy was quoted as saying: ‘For the last time we are extending time and no further time extension application will be allowed’, adding that the new deadline for the service launch is set as 31 July. The MNP service will enable mobile users to switch from one mobile operator to another (once every three months) without changing their eleven-digit mobile numbers for a fee of BDT30 (USD0.36).
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