The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced it has selected a consortium of three companies to implement number portability (NP) in the country for the first five years, local newspaper Vanguard reports. The consortium – comprising Interconnect, Saab Grintek and Telcordia – will be responsible for the setting up and implementation of the NP platform within six months of receiving the licence, to be followed by a testing period of two months. The consortium is also expected to configure the technical solution for NP in line with the NCC’s consultation documents. The solution must also be customised to meet specific process needs and other requirements of the Nigerian network operators.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database states that the introduction of NP was first considered by the NCC in the third quarter of 2007, although an initial consultation paper on its possible implementation was not actually published until February 2009. The launch of the service was subsequently delayed, following complaints from the nation’s GSM operators that they had not been given enough time to upgrade their facilities to be compliant with NP. A tender was opened by the NCC in June 2010 for an administrative services provider to facilitate the process of number porting, but in early 2011 the commission said it had decided to wait for the conclusion of the SIM registration process before implementing NP. The deadline for the country’s mobile subscribers to register their SIMs expired on 28 September 2011.