Morocco to establish a centralised number portability database by June 2017

15 Oct 2015

Morocco’s National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (Agence Nationale de Reglementation de Telecom, ANRT) has amended the terms and conditions for number portability services in the country with Decision 04/15 of 8 October 2015, following a consultation with the country’s three operators. The updated legislation is aiming to improve ‘the operational modalities’ of the number portability regime by reducing the time required to port a number, in addition to facilitating the implementation of a centralised number portability database, which should be operational by June 2017. Further, the watchdog said that it will award a contract for the supply, installation and operation of the centralised database shortly.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the ANRT ordered the implementation of mobile number portability (MNP) to be completed by 1 January 2007, but granted operators extra time to set up the required systems after they complained of technical difficulties. At the end of April 2007 the regulator announced the commercial introduction of fixed and mobile number portability; since 31 May 2007 all operators are legally bound to port a customer’s number on request.