URSEC seeks MNP administrator

22 Feb 2021

Uruguay’s Regulatory Unit of Communications Services (URSEC) has invited interested parties to participate in a procedure for the selection of a database administrator which will be responsible for implementing and developing mobile number portability (MNP). The deadline for making inquiries has been set as 5 March, with the opening of the applications and offers due to take place on 10 March.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database Law 19,889/2020, which was approved in July 2020, declares that number portability is a right of users of mobile telephony services, and two months later a committee comprising representatives from industry regulators and mobile operators was established to prepare for the introduction of MNP. Following on from this, the government approved the timetable for the long-delayed introduction of MNP last month. By July tests of the system should begin ahead of a commercial launch of MNP on 1 October 2021. Mobile operators will bear the cost of the number transfer process, which should take no more than three days to complete.