Haiti’s telecoms regulator Conseil National des Telecommunications (Conatel) has announced that the introduction of mobile number portability (MNP) services in the country has been pushed back to 1 November 2015, Haiti Libre reports. Jean Marie Guillaume, Director General of Conatel, disclosed that the move was prompted by delays in delivery of equipment, now scheduled to arrive in Port-au-Prince in May 2015. The official pointed out that the new launch date also takes into account ‘the installation time of the platform and the implementation of technical and administrative procedures’.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Conatel has been in consultation with operators since early 2008 to work towards the introduction of MNP services. The regulator held seminars on MNP for operators in January 2009, but it was not until October 2013 that Conatel awarded a contract for the implementation of the system to PortingXS. The watchdog submitted a draft MNP regulation to establish the technical procedures for the introduction of the MNP service in December that year, and the document was understood to be under discussion until 25 December 2014.