MNP talks underway in Zimbabwe

12 Nov 2013

Sam Kundishora, the permanent secretary of Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Information Communication Technology (MICT), has announced that the government is in active discussions with stakeholders for the implementation of mobile number portability (MNP) in the country, local newspaper The Herald reports. According to the article, the executive said: ‘[The government] is holding consultations on this issue, since there is a technology component that is required to [deploy MNP], which means we have to invest in the infrastructure needed to achieve this.’

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in October 2013 telecoms watchdog POTRAZ reportedly issued a notice to all mobile operators in Zimbabwe informing them that MNP is to be introduced in the country in 2014. 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 sought 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.