NTC sets MNP regulations, sticks to three-month deadline

17 Jul 2009

Thailand’s National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has approved regulations for introducing mobile number portability (MNP) in the country, which will take effect next month after publication in the Royal Gazette, reports The Bangkok Post quoting NTC commissioner Sudharm Yoonaidharma. Mobile operators must comply with customer requests to move their existing number to another network within three months of the regulation’s publication, he said, whilst the fee for porting a number must not exceed the retail cost of a pre-paid SIM card (which can be bought for as low as THB50 [USD1.50]), although whether any such charge would actually be levied is dependent on an agreement between operators which will be submitted to the NTC for its consideration, he added. Earlier this month Thailand’s cellcos complained that the three-month deadline for implementing MNP was unrealistic, with market leader AIS estimating that necessary preparations could take anything up to a year.