1.2 million subscribers changed mobile operator – NCC

The number of subscribers who left their mobile telecommunications service providers for other mobile networks rose to 1,222,124 in June 2021, according to data collected by the Nigeria Communications Commission.

In April 2013, the NCC launched the mobile number portability service for GSM subscribers.

The NCC said: “In pursuit of its efforts to promote competition, improve the quality of service and ensure that consumers continue to enjoy a good experience on mobile networks, the NCC has launched the number portability service. mobile phones for GSM subscribers in April 2013.

“MNP allows consumers to switch networks without losing their cell phone number. ”

Licenses were granted to a consortium of three companies (Interconnect Limited, Saab Grinteck and Telecordia) earlier in January 2012 to facilitate service as a number portability clearinghouse for the industry.

MNP is a service that allows a subscriber to keep their mobile phone number when switching from one mobile service provider to another. It is available for GSM mobile operators including MTN, Globacom, 9mobile and Airtel.

MTN lost 48,623 porting subscribers during the period under review; Airtel lost 336,780 subscribers; Globacom saw 270,841 subscribers leave its network; 9mobile lost 165,880 subscribers.

Singapore was the first country to implement NPM in 1997, and more than 73 countries around the world currently allow NPM.

Carrying activities were on the increase in 2020 before the NCC banned the sale of new SIM cards and other related activities due to the SIM-NIN link in December 2020. From January 2021 to May 2021, no porting activity portage has not been registered.

According to the latest industry statistics update from the NCC, porterage activity resumed in June, with just 702 carry lines. This is the lowest number recorded since the start of the service in 2013.

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