Uruguay’s Regulatory Unit of Communications Services (URSEC) has announced that the country’s mobile operators have signed contracts with the recently-selected mobile number portability (MNP) database administrator. According to the regulator, the move will facilitate the planned launch of MNP by the end of this year. Back in August, the Number Portability Committee chose the Cleartech – Cietel consortium as its first choice for the role of database administrator for the period 2021-2026. The consortium will be responsible for the implementation, development and management of MNP for the first five years.
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.