Vietnam’s three largest mobile operators – Viettel Telecom, MobiFone Telecommunications Corporation and VNPT-Vinaphone – are set to trial the implementation of mobile number portability (MNP) in December this year, six months later than planned, Viet Nam News reports. Despite the delay, the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) disclosed that the full launch of the service will take place on 1 January 2017, in line with the initial rollout schedule. At a meeting held last week, MIC Deputy Minister Pham Hong Hai highlighted that there would be no more delays in testing the MNP service. Further, the official disclosed that the ministry is planning to propose appropriate regulations to ensure the rights of both providers and subscribers and prevent switching en masse when there are promotional programmes.
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. In October 2014 however Vietnamobile and state-owned GTel Mobile (Gmobile) asked the MIC to postpone the introduction of MNP to the end of 2018. The two operators argued that they require more time to prepare for the launch of MNP as their businesses have been undergoing a restructuring.