L’Autorite de Regulation des Telecoms et des Postes (ARTP), Senegal’s telecom regulator, has announced it plans to launch a mobile number portability (MNP) regime in the country in February 2015.
In July 2014, the regulator started a process with mobile operators to agree matters such as the terms of pricing and customer service. ARTP head Abdou Karim Sall said that the testing phase of MNP started in January, before moving swiftly to the commercialisation phase.
The country already announced previous assurances that MNP would go live in October 2014. In June 2014, Abou Lo, former director general of ARTP, said that the country was on course to launch MNP by October.
The former ARTP official said he had signed an edict on MNP guidelines in Senegal, including the process of selecting the firm to manage the running of the single platform for it.
According to TeleGeography, Lo’s statement followed a similar announcement in October 2013 in which the watchdog confirmed it was conducting a public consultation on a number portability regime, to help achieve an October 2014 launch.