Bahrain TRA launches fixed number portability

Bahrain is the first country in the MENA region to launch this service.
Bahrain TRA launches fixed number portability in the country, effective from October 4.
Bahrain TRA launches fixed number portability in the country, effective from October 4.

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Bahrain’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has launched the fixed number portability service in the country, effective from this October 4.

Mohamed Hamad Bubashait, the general director of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority in Bahrain, said: “This service follows the introduction of Mobile Number Portability Service back in July 17, 2011 and is completely consistent with it, whereas consumers with fixed telecoms services are entitled now to port their numbers and all associated services when changing their service provider.

“The launch of fixed number portability service besides the introduction of mobile number portability service in Bahrain demonstrates the development of the telecommunications market here and enhances the strategic plans towards empowering the consumer and minimising the barriers for the fair competition,” he added.

Ahmed Jaber Aldoseri, ICT director and number portability project manager of Bahrain TRA, said: “Number portability, whether fixed or mobile, is firmly considered by TRA as a consumer right. We have worked for a number of years to ensure for consumers in Bahrain having access to world-class services.”

He also said that consumers in Bahrain who wish to apply for the number portability service can contact or visit the new service provider they wish to transfer their number to, and the new service provider will activate the service, which should take no more than six working days.

Earlier, Bahraini telco Batelco announced its launch of the fixed number portability services for PSTN and ISDN in the country, which was on October 4, the same date that Bahrain TRA set the deadline for fixed telephony.

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