Batelco, Bahrain’s fixed and mobile telecom operator, has launched fixed number portability services for PSTN and ISDN in the country.
This new service allows Batelco customers to switch to an alternative fixed line operator while keeping their same phone numbers.
Ahmed Al Janahi, general manager of media relations, Batelco Group, said: “Businesses with widely recognised numbers or households with distinguished numbers can relocate anywhere within Bahrain and take their number with them.”
Batelco is introducing a new fixed number range “17xxxxxx” for the launch, where customers can select any number between 17000000 and 17009999.
Earlier in July this year, Bahrain TRA launched mobile number portability in the country, and was to follow up by the number portability for fixed telephony two months later. However, Bahrain TRA later extended the deadline to October 4 that applies to portability for fixed services, universal numbers, premium services, special services and short codes.
With Bahrain TRA setting today as the deadline for fixed telephony, the other two operators in the country, Zain Bahrain and Viva, are yet to make any announcements regarding their fixed number portability launch.
The Bahrain regulator has appointed Systor Intereurope Systems as the solution provider for the implementation and operation of the number portability central system. Bahrain's three mobile operators, Batelco, Zain and Viva will have access to the central system, which is being hosted by the Bahrain Internet Exchange (BIX).