The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) has published a public consultation to seek feedback on its proposed mobile number portability (MNP) plans, the Colombo Gazette reports. TRCSL’s consultation is the next step mandated in Sri Lanka’s plan to introduce number portability and invites comments and views from the industry, academia, and other parties who are interested regarding its proposed implementation in telecoms networks in the country.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in August 2020 TRCSL put in place ‘preliminary measures’ to usher in MNP. Using its Twitter platform, the regulator confirmed: ‘TRC initiates preliminary steps on implementing number portability which would enable consumers to select service providers without change of existing mobile numbers’.
TeleGeography notes that progress towards making MNP a reality in Sri Lanka has been tortuously slow. It was back in 2008/09 that the TRCSL first began studying the possibility of introducing MNP, while in April 2010 the regulator issued a Terms of Reference (TOF) inviting consulting firms to assist in the establishment of the necessary regulatory framework. Subsequently, in February 2014 the then director-general Anusha Palpita was quoted as saying that MNP implementation remained suspended as it would not be cost-effective until there is a greater proportion of post-paid subscribers in the market.
The TRCSL is expecting public feedback on the seven-point public consultation paper by 12 February 2021.