A committee has been established in Uruguay to prepare for the introduction of mobile number portability (MNP), which enables mobile users to retain their number if they switch service provider, reports TeleSemana. The committee comprises representatives from a number of industry regulators, including the Regulatory Unit of Communications Services (Unidad Reguladora de Servicios de Comunicaciones, URSEC), as well as the country’s three mobile network operators. It will be responsible for formulating a timetable for the introduction of MNP, reviewing the numbering plan and determining the costs.
The move follows the approval of Law 19,889/2020 in July, Article 472 of which states that operators will be obliged to offer MNP under the guidelines provided by the regulator and that they will also have to assume the costs of adapting their networks and systems to implement portability. These costs cannot be transferred to end-users.