The New Zealand Telecommunication Forum (TCF) has announced that the country’s mobile number portability (MNP) initiative will be five years old on 1 April, with the total number of mobile numbers ported expected to reach 500,000 that month. According to the TCF, almost 13,000 mobile numbers are now being ported every month, compared with a monthly average of 3,000 during the first year of the scheme’s operation. Around 150,000 mobile numbers were ported during the last year alone. TCF CEO David Stone commented: ‘Reaching this figure is a significant landmark for the industry – and for our customers. This is certainly an achievement that needs celebrating, for customers and industry alike. At some point, we may see a levelling off in recorded porting activity as we reach a natural equilibrium with ported and non-ported numbers. But for now, we have our eyes set on the one million mark and, at this rate, that’s not too far off.’
TeleGeography notes that newest player 2degrees has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of MNP in recent years. In September 2010 (last available data) it was announced that 100,000 mobile users had ported their number to 2degrees in the year since its launch. Between August 2009 to July 2010, a total of 155,651 Kiwis ported their mobile number, with 64% of those switching their number to 2degrees. Of those ports, around 80% were subscribers moving from leading cellco by subscribers Vodafone to the newcomer.