NPT confirms shortening of MNP timeframe from next month

17 Sep 2013

The Norwegian Post & Telecoms Authority (NPT) has announced that the timeframe for mobile number portability (MNP) will be revised from 15 October 2013. Noting that the service has proved important in ensuring a competitive mobile sector, the regulator has confirmed that as per the new requirements, operators will have eight hours to transfer a number to a customer’s new provider once it has received the request, including two hours response time. With the changes coming on the back of discussions conducted by a working group, NPT director Torstein Olsen said that he was satisfied that the new timeframe would lower the barrier for switching providers, and should thus enhance competition further.

As noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, MNP was introduced in 2001, and for more than ten years the timeframe for moving a number to another provider has remained the same.