Indotel, the Dominican Republic’s telecoms regulator, has announced that the country is ready for the introduction of number portability (NP) at the end of next month, BNamericas reports. The new service is expected to be implemented on 30 September, and Jose Rafael Vargas, Indotel’s president, has claimed that all operators have made the necessary upgrades to their system, with more than USD28 million spent preparing for the introduction of NP. Customers will be required to pay DOP80 (USD2.25) to port their numbers to an alternative operator, and that fee can be charged to the customer’s bill in DOP20 instalments. Spanish company El Corte Ingles was awarded the contract to manage the central NP database in March this year.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, there were approximately 7.66 million mobile subscribers in the Dominican Republic at the end of March 2009, with Claro Dominicana the largest by subscribers with 4.25 million, representing a 55.5% market share. Meanwhile, at the end of 2008 there were just under a million fixed line voice customers in the country.