The government of Argentina plans to launch number portability (NP) for both fixed and mobile users from 15 December this year, local daily La Nacion reports. According to joint resolutions 08/11 and 03/11 signed by Secretary of Communications Carlos Lisandro Salas, a committee will be established this month to design and plan the implementation of the service, which allows subscribers to retain their number if they switch service provider. In mid-2011 a tender will be launched to hire an administrator to oversee the NP database, with testing to follow in November, ahead of a scheduled launch of the service from 15 December.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Decree 764 introduced in 2000 first approved NP, but few developments on the introduction of the service were made until January 2009, when telecoms ministry SeCom issued Resolution 8/09, which established a working group for the formulation of a draft of regulation for NP. Complaining that the service was taking too long to implement, the following July Argentina’s Fifth National Administrative Court ruled that the service be legislated for within 90 days. However, two months later the government asked the Supreme Court to review the court’s ruling, arguing that the decision to regulate NP must be made by the executive branch and not by the judicial system. In August 2010 President Fernandez ordered the implementation of mobile NP by August 2011. SeCom will be responsible for the implementation of NP and operators will be responsible for covering the related costs.