The Brazilian telecom regulator Anatel has approved number portability for fixed and mobile phones, writes BNamericas citing local press reports. According to Anatel officials Pedro Jaime Ziller and Jose Leite Pereira, number portability will be implemented by March 2009, and a ruling on it is due to be published in the government’s official gazette by the end of next week at the latest. Anatel has still to decide on the cost that can be levied on users for switching their service provider, but it is keen to keep the figure below USD10. Number portability will apply to only 600 out of 5,000 municipalities in Brazil (i.e. those areas where more than one operator is active) but will nonetheless account for over 50% of the population.