Kenya finally set to introduce MNP

13 Apr 2010

Kenya’s telecoms regulator the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has announced that the country’s four cellcos – Safaricom, Zain, Econet and Orange – will be required to start offering mobile number portability (MNP) from July. The move marks the beginning of the end of a protracted and repeatedly delayed process. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in November 2004 the CCK announced that MNP would be introduced as early as 1 July 2005. The deadline was later pushed back, however, and in 2007 MNP was postponed indefinitely, with operators complaining about the high costs involved with setting up the system. The CCK launched a public consultation on MNP in November 2008, saying it hoped to have number portability implemented by September 2009, although this too was delayed.