MNP expected in 2009

18 Nov 2008

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) is looking at introducing mobile number portability (MNP) by September next year. The regulator had hoped to implement the scheme in 2007 but the launch was postponed when operators baulked at the high costs associated with introducing the system. The CCK has now opened a new public consultation into number portability and has issued a statement which says that MNP is ‘a critical feature that would further enhance competition by giving consumers the flexibility to choose their provider in a seamless manner without having to worry about the prospects of losing touch with their business associates, friends and family’. Kenya is currently home to three cellular operators – Safaricom, Celtel and Orange – with a fourth company, Econet Wireless, set to launch this month.