TeleGeography Logo

3 criticises unfair MNP fee

4 Jun 2007

Irish 3G mobile operator 3 is resisting calls from rival cellcos that it must pay them a EUR20 fee for any customer joining 3 but retaining their old number under mobile number portability (MNP) rules. The Sunday Business Post writes that Vodafone, O2 and Meteor have agreed a so-called ‘porting fee’, but 3 is dragging its heels saying the charge is uncompetitive and penalises new entrants. Meteor is also understood to be interested in a reduction in the fee and the issue is being discussed by ComReg in a wider debate on MNP. The country’s two leading operators Vodafone and 02 are currently the biggest beneficiaries under the scheme, but a spokeswoman for 3 says it had never agreed to any porting charge and as such would not pay it.

GlobalComms Database

Want more? Peruse the GlobalComms Database—the most complete source of intel about mobile, fixed broadband, and fixed voice markets.


TeleGeography is the definitive source for telecom news, numbers, and analysis. Explore the full research catalog.