TELECOMS

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Twelve weeks since its commencement, the National Communications Authority (NCA) says a total of 105,678 mobile phone subscribers in Ghana have ported to other networks under the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) system as at the end of September 2011.After the expiration of their 30-day mandatory waiting period, 2,477 subscribers elected to port back to their previous service providers, whilst 303 subscribers ported to a third network. This means that the vast majority of customers who have ported so far remain satisfied with their decision to change providers, the NCA said.

- MTN Ghana is optimistic it will attain 10 million subscribers by the end of November, Michael Ikpoki, Chief Executive Officer of the company announced on Monday.Currently, MTN has more than 9.9 million subscribers, representing 44-45 per cent of the Ghanaian population

- The Ugandan telecoms regulator, the UCC has decided to delay the implementation of Mobile Number Portability (MNP) as it now says such a service is no longer a priority. Previous studies had suggested that the regulator would introduce MNP once the national subscriber base passed 10 million customers, but it is currently at around the 16 million mark, and still no sign of MNP being introduced.

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