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Tanzanian authorities set to move on Mobile Number Portability

December 17, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms

From Dar es Salaam, The Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) is reported to be upbeat about plans to introduce Mobile Number Portability (MNP) into the country.

Jakaya kikwete

The Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) is reportedly optimistic over plans to introduce MNP service. (Tanzanian President jakaya kikwete. Image Credit: World Economic Forum)

Regional media have said that TCRA Director General Professor John Nkoma affirmed this position during a recent two-day symposium to mark the 10th anniversary of the organisation’s existence.

Authorities believe MNP empowers the consumer with choice because it enables users to retain their numbers irrespective of which telecommunication service provider they subscribe to.

Mobile users effectively have the freedom to link up with any service provider and port their numbers from one network to another using the same SIM card and relevant contacts.

In June 2012 Prof. Nkoma confirmed that regulation pertaining to the service had been approved and were in the process of being implemented to facilitate MNP introduction, writes East African Business Week.

The service is also expected to foster a greater level of competition amongst service providers.

Staff writer

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