MNP to remain in Uruguay

30 Mar 2022

Uruguay has held a referendum on whether or not to partially repeal Law 19,889/2020 (‘Law of Urgent Consideration’), including an article which paved the way for the introduction of mobile number portability (MNP) earlier this year. TeleSemana reports that over 1.087 million people voted against repealing a total of 135 articles of the controversial law, compared to more than 1.065 million who voted for the move. Law 19,889/2020, which was approved in July 2020, covers matters including public safety, national security, housing, education, labour rights, financial matters and also declares that number portability is a right of users of mobile telephony services. However, the law’s critics have described it as unconstitutional and undemocratic.