Uruguay’s Regulatory Unit of Communications Services (URSEC) has announced that a database administrator, which will be responsible for implementing and developing mobile number portability (MNP) in the country, has been selected. The Number Portability Committee chose the Cleartech – Cietel consortium as its first choice for the role for the period 2021-2026, with the Sonda Uruguay – Mediafon Datapro consortium coming in second place. The two companies were the only prequalified bidders that were approved by the Number Portability Committee at the end of June. The preferred bidder has been given five days to either accept or reject its selection.
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 regulatory conditions, general rules and timetable for the long-delayed introduction of MNP in January, under which tests of the system were expected to begin in July ahead of a commercial launch of MNP on 1 October 2021. However, the timetable was subsequently delayed in May in order to ensure the security and transparency of the process. Mobile operators will bear the cost of the number transfer process, which should take no more than three days to complete.