Regulator says MNP will cost USD25m

27 Jun 2006

Dominican Republic telecoms regulator Indotel has released its long awaited report on the introduction of mobile number portability (MNP), and says it expects the service will cost operators around USD25 million to implement. The regulator is awaiting responses to the study from operators. MNP is a condition of the Republic’s entry in the CAFTA free trade organisation.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms update, the Dominican Republic wireless market is the site of intense competition between four service providers, though much of the rivalry is split into two tiers, separated into the haves and have-nots. The two biggest players, Verizon and Orange, control around 80% of subscribers between them, thanks to the considerable financial clout provided by their major foreign investors, whilst the domestically owned Tricom and its closest rival Centennial (a subsidiary of the US-based company of the same name) go head-to-head for the remainder. The introduction of MNP is expected to hit the pockets of Verizon and Orange hardest due to their overwhelming dominance.