ART invites applications for MNP manager

4 Nov 2013

Cameroon’s telecoms watchdog Agence de Regulation des Telecommunications (ART) has published an international consultation notice for the supply, installation and operation of a centralised database to manage the introduction of mobile number portability (MNP). Agence Ecofin quotes a statement from the ART’s director general Jean Louis Beh Mengue as saying that interested parties must have already implemented similar systems in at least three other countries, including one in Africa, and are required to submit their bids by 7 December 2013. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Cameroon’s electronic communications law 2010 states that all telecoms subscribers have the right to MNP, while Decree No. 2012/1641, which lays down the conditions of number portability, was signed by the prime minister in June 2012. The introduction of MNP is expected to enhance competition between the country’s wireless operators, South African-owned MTN, France’s Orange Cameroun and Viettel of Vietnam, the last named of which was licensed in December 2012 but has yet to launch commercial services.