19 Nov 2012
The Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (ARCEP) has announced that it has slashed the period of time in which cellular operators must process mobile number portability (MNP) requests in certain overseas territories from ten days to just two working days. Countries which will benefit from the change are Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthelemy. The corresponding MNP time-frame was implemented in metropolitan France on 7 November 2011 and in Reunion and Mayotte on 31 July 2012. MNP was implemented across the French West Indies on 1 April 2006; a reduced MNP time-frame was first mooted in 2010.