Chile aims for MNP by end of the year

6 Jul 2011

The Sub-Secretaria de Telecomunicaciones (Subtel), Chile’s telecom regulator, has announced that it has received four bids to manage a mobile number portability (MNP) database. Telcordia, Indra, Informatica El Corte Ingles and Neustar presented proposals to Subtel on Monday; Tata Consulting, Capgemini and Sonda expressed an interest in the project but declined to enter proposals after acquiring the bidding rules. As part of the selection process, the bidders must submit administrative, technical and economic proposals by 25 July. To be included in the economic proposals are the expected investment required and amount to be charged for each transaction. Christian Cortes, the board director of the number portability committee predicted that the operators would be required to invest between USD5 million and USD10 million in an interview with BNamericas. Once awarded the contract, the successful company will have 120 days to implement MNP, placing the expected completion date in early December. As previously reported in TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, MNP has been a contentious issue in Chile. In 2008 Subtel had planned to make the adoption of MNP a compulsory pre-requisite for a 3G licence. The nation’s operators, Movistar, Entel PCS, VTR and Nextel Chile joined in a legal battle against the decision, which would delay 3G operations by at least two years. The plan was scrapped by the commission, but MNP remained high on Subtel’s priorities, and in August 2009 it set up a committee for its implementation and the following year, the number portability (NP) bill (which included fixed lines as well as mobiles) was approved by the parliament’s lower house.