MNP imminent in Cote d’Ivoire

21 Aug 2018

The Regulatory Authority for Telecommunications in Cote d’Ivoire (Autorite de Regulation des Telecommunications de Cote d’Ivoire, ARTCI) has indicated that mobile number portability (MNP) will be launched for users nationwide on 3 September 2018, Agence Ecofin reports, citing local media. Successful MNP tests were reported in April 2018, based on systems implemented by local internet and business services provider VipNet, which was chosen by the ARTCI in June 2017. The regulator posted a notice on its website on 18 August 2018 confirming that MNP will be available to all subscribers of MTN, Moov and Orange networks (although this notice did not confirm the 3 September launch date). The notice added that, to qualify for porting, a mobile number must be active for at least 60 days, whilst the same number can be ported again after a minimum 60-day period. A 24-hour time limit to implement each individual number port will be imposed on operators.