Growing use of MNP is stirring competition in Peru, says Osiptel

12 Nov 2015

Intensifying competition in Peru has led to a 130.3% year-on-year increase in the amount of numbers being ported each month, with sector regulator the Supervisory Agency for Private Investment in Telecommunications (Organismo Supervisor de Inversion Privada en Telecommuniciones, Osiptel) reporting a total of 94,200 mobile numbers ported in October 2015 compared to 40,903 in October 2014. The regulator noted that improvements to mobile number portability (MNP) services are beginning to reap tangible rewards for customers, as operators are reducing prices and offering greater incentives, such as increased device subsidies, unlimited access to social networks and substantial discounts for new customers. As noted by TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Telcordia Technologies took over management of MNP services in July 2014 and reduced the porting time to less than 24 hours, prompting a substantial increase in the utilisation of MNP. From the introduction of MNP in January 2010 to July 2014 just 263,222 users ported their number to a different provider, but in the subsequent twelve months (to end-July 2015) 581,082 customers migrated to another operator, with monthly ports rising to more than 80,000 in July 2015. Further, according to the regulator’s latest statistics, the three months to end-October 2015 saw 267,145 ports.

Peru, Osiptel