MNP to begin on 17 July

21 Jun 2011

Bahrain’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has announced that mobile number portability (MNP) will begin on 17 July 2011, allowing cellular subscribers to switch operators while keeping their phone number. The Bahraini market is home to three mobile operators, Batelco, Zain Bahrain and the newest entrant Viva Bahrain, owned by Saudi Telecom Company. A similar service for fixed line services will be introduced in September, the TRA said in a statement. The announcement follows Systor Intereurope Systems’ implementation of a number portability system, which is being hosted by Bahrain Internet Exchange.