Spanish firm El Corte Ingles has won a contract to administer Paraguay’s mobile number portability (MNP) database, BNamericas reports. The contract was awarded to the company by the Comision Tecnica de Portabilidad Numerica (CTPN), which comprises representatives of the country’s four mobile operators – Tigo (formerly Telecel), Nucleo (Telecom Personal Paraguay), Hola Paraguay (Vox) and Claro Paraguay (formerly CTI Movil) – and telecoms regulator Consejo Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Conatel). El Corte Ingles reportedly beat off stiff competition from Ericsson del Paraguay, a local offshoot of US firm Telecordia. MNP is now expected to be implemented by November 2012, with a provisional administration fee of PYG21,800 (USD4.69) mooted.
El Corte Ingles, which has administered Spain’s number portability database since 1999, with a monthly average of over 140,000 ported lines, indicates that it has already won numerous contracts to administer MNP across Latin America, including markets such as Peru, Colombia, Dominican Republic and Mexico. However, it lost out to chief rival Telcordia in both Argentina and Chile.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, on 28 September 2011 the CTPN declared the original tender void, after Netherlands-based Porting Access – the sole bidder in the process – failed to meet a number of technical conditions. Further, it is believed that the committee harboured serious misgivings about Porting Access’s reputation in markets such as Kenya and Panama, where it has run into difficulties in implementing MNP. The CTPN had previously invited eight specialists to participate in the tender, and was said to be baffled at the lack of interest shown.