Vietnam’s two smallest mobile operators are seeking to postpone the introduction of mobile number portability (MNP), which is currently scheduled to begin on 1 January 2017. Viet Nam News reports that Vietnamobile and state-owned GTel Mobile (Gmobile) have argued that they still require more time to prepare for the launch of MNP as their businesses have been undergoing a restructuring. At a project preparation meeting held last week, representatives of the two cellcos asked the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) to postpone implementation of MNP to the end of 2018, while the market’s three largest operators – Viettel, MobiFone and Vinaphone – said they would be ready to launch the service as currently scheduled.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, the MIC signed a decision in September 2013 approving the introduction of MNP from the start of 2017, with the aim of improving competition and promoting the development of the mobile market. Under the MIC’s current plan, a central database and processing system for MNP will be in place by 30 June 2015, with trials of the service scheduled to last for six months until 30 June 2016, ahead of a full launch on 1 January 2017.