Tunisia is set to implement long-delayed fixed and mobile number portability (FNP and MNP, respectively) services from early 2016, following a series of decisions issued by sector regulator the National Telecommunications Commission (INT) earlier this week. The decisions amended the most contentious issues and set new deadlines for the process of launching FNP and MNP. Following the decisions, the nation’s trio of mobile operators, Ooredoo Tunisia, Tunisie Telecom and Orange Tunisia, along with the INT and portability administrator Meninx, signed a new agreement at the INT headquarters, overseen by the Minister of Communication Technologies and the Digital Economy, Noomane Fehri.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the INT had set out procedures and guidelines for number portability (NP) in July 2012, with a deadline of July 2013 for the service’s introduction. Delays in selecting a service provider and complaints from wireless operators forced the watchdog to postpone the process, however.