Kuwait to activate MNP within 45 days

17 Apr 2013

The Kuwaiti Ministry of Communication (MoC) and the National Technology Enterprises Company (NTEC) have announced that mobile number portability (MNP) will be commercially available in 30-45 days. In order to access the free service, subscribers of the three main telecommunication companies in the Kingdom – Zain, Wataniya and Viva –need to fill an application and settle their bill with the current service provider, after which they will receive a new SIM card with their existing mobile number. The transaction is estimated to take no more than 24 hours.

According to the Minister of Communication and Housing Affairs, Salem Al- Othaina, the delay of 30-45 days for the MNP service activation is triggered by the necessity to set up the billing system properly and avoid the financial losses experienced by other countries when launching their MNP services.