Minister of Transport and Telecommunications Pedro Pablo Errazuriz, has announced the launch of fixed number portability (FNP) in the Arica region of Chile, the first province in the country to receive the technology. Implementation of FNP will continue in stages through 2012, with subscribers in Santiago next in line to benefit from portability, in March next year, whilst the remaining provinces will gain access to the service in subsequent months.
Commenting on the progress, Errazuriz said: ‘We are making history and fulfilling a presidential commitment. Portability is the most important revolution in the telecommunications sector in the last 20 years and directly benefits millions of Chileans.’
Testing for mobile number portability (MNP) also began in Arica this week, in preparation for the full launch of the service on 16 January next year. Unlike FNP, MNP is scheduled to come online simultaneously nationwide. The Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications (MTT) selected US-based Telcordia in July this year to implement MNP, on the basis of its success in managing similar projects in Greece and Mexico in 2004 and 2008 respectively.