Nepalese telecoms watchdog says MNP will be live ‘next year’

19 Nov 2013

Industry market regulator the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has confirmed it plans to have a new mobile number portability (MNP) regime up and running in the country sometime in its next (fiscal) year. eKantipur News quotes NTA spokesperson Kailash Prasad Neupane as saying: ‘We will study how MNP is doing in international markets, and come up with a guideline for telecom companies to follow,’ adding that the guidelines will include the necessary criteria on how users will be able to apply for the service. Nepal had planned to install an MNP service in 2010 but saw its take-up stuttering in some other regional markets – such as India – and opted to wait before introducing it in the country. However, with telecoms penetration (including fixed teledensity) reaching 81.72% by mid-August 2013 and with seven of out ten Nepalis now owning a mobile phone, the watchdog believes the time is right for MNP to come into play.

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