Ifetel standardises number portability process

9 May 2014

Mexico’s Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (Ifetel) has reportedly passed new measures designed to make the number portability process more transparent. According to BNamericas, as per the revised process customers switching providers and taking their numbers with them will now receive a standardised text message from their provider with instructions and a code to switch. ‘Messages sent to pre-paid mobile service subscribers will be clearer, more secure and transparent, and this reduces the risk of misleading practices,’ the watchdog was cited as saying.

As noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in July 2008 the previous telecoms regulator Comision Federal de Telecomunicaciones (Cofetel) oversaw the introduction of fixed and mobile number portability (FMNP); it had originally hoped to introduce the service in 2006, but technical and legal challenges delayed implementation. As of March 2014 meanwhile around 14 million fixed and mobile numbers were said to have switched since the service was introduced, with more than 12.3 million of those said to be switches between pre-paid mobile voice services, 1.57 million between post-paid fixed voice services, and 297,229 between post-paid mobile connections.