MNP expected in Zimbabwe by January 2014

16 Oct 2013

Zimbabwe’s telecoms watchdog the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (POTRAZ) has reportedly issued a notice to all mobile operators in Zimbabwe informing them that mobile number portability (MNP) is to be introduced in the country in 2014, TechZim reports. According to the article, the regulator claimed that ‘the inability of subscribers to retain their respective mobile telephone numbers when they change service providers presents an obstacle to competition and an inconvenience to the customers.’ The document also seeks input from the mobile operators on the implementation of MNP; suggestions relating to the technical considerations behind MNP will be taken into account when POTRAZ starts developing the Number Portability Framework and Regulations.