NCC to introduce number portability within GSM networks

31 Mar 2009

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced it will begin to implement number portability within GSM networks in May, allowing subscribers to move freely from one network to another, whilst still retaining their original number. Ndukwe Kalu of the NCC said: ‘Number portability is a right, it should be implemented by the service providers without further delay.’ He disclosed that switches built in 2000 were number portability compatible, adding that no infrastructural changes will be required. The commission has also fixed January 2010 as the deadline for SIM card registration by all GSM service providers.