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Customers can switch to any operator now

MNP service rolls out early today
STAFF REPORTER
Customers can switch to any operator now

Customers of any mobile phone operator can now switch to another operator without changing their existing 11-digit mobile phone number as the much-awaited mobile number portability (MNP) service starts in early hours of today.

To get the services, mobile users have to pay Tk 50 as well as a 15 per cent value-added tax and swap a new SIM card. The process would take highest 72 hours to active the service. To do so within 24 hours, another Tk 100 has to be paid. A subscriber will have to stay 90 days in the new number after switching from his/her old network.

Bangladesh Telecommu-nication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) will unveil the technical and commercial aspects of MNP at a press conference at its office today, said its media wing yesterday.

Officials said all the mobile phone operators, public switched telephone network (PSTN) operators and other operators have already been connected with the platform of the assigned MNP firm – Infozillion BD Teletech Consortium Limited (IBTCL).

Infozillion BD Teletech, a joint venture between a Bangladeshi firm and a Slovenian firm, have completed preparations for the launch.

BSS adds: Market leader Grameenphone is also prepared. Grameenphone Chief Corporate Affairs Officer Mahmud Hossain said they have taken all preparations to welcome customers into the new service.

In terms of subscribers, number two operator of the market, Robi said it is waiting for MNP. Executive Vice President and

Head of Regulatory Affairs of the operator Shahed Alam told the news agency that they are fully ready to offer the service to the customers.

Besides, Taimur Rahman, chief corporate and regulatory affairs officer of Banglalink said they are prepared to implement the MNP service in accordance with the government’s guidelines.

“Once the service is implemented, customers would no longer need to change their mobile numbers in case they want to switch from one network (operator) to another,” he said, adding, “We believe that this facility will play a vital role in ensuring their freedom of choice in the days to come.”

On November 30 last year, the telecom regulator handed over the MNP license to the selected joint venture firm IBTCL.

The company, IBTCL, a joint venture of Infozillion BD Limited and Teletech DOO, Slovenia, was directed to provide the service within 180 days of getting the license.

About the delay, Mabroor Hossain earlier had said they completed their preparations related to the hardware and software several months ago.

Reluctant to blame anyone for the delay, he said, “MNOs, PSTNs, IGWs, ICXs, ANSs and other operators are involved with the process and that is why huge technical complexities are involved with the system.”

According to the MNP guidelines, IBTCL had to port at least one per cent of the mobile phone subscribers through the service by May this year (2018).

More than 72 countries have MNP, which increases competition among operators in terms of service quality, said officials.

 pioneered the service in 1997 and India and Pakistan introduced it a few years ago.

The launch will bring an end to the telecom regulator's decade-long efforts to bring in the service.

The BTRC first took the initiative in 2009. In 2013, BTRC has formulated the draft MNP guideline

and submitted it to the Post and Telecommunication Division for approval.

BTRC decided to appoint a third party to offer the service. It awarded the licence to Infozillion in November 2017.

Mobile number portability is a technology that allows customers to change their operators after a specific timeframe retaining their existing eleven digit number.

 

 

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