UAE mobile number portability delayed

No date has been given for implementation of the service after both operators unready to launch

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UAE mobile number portability delayed du has confirmed that it is still conducted testing on its number portability system. (ITP Images)
By  Georgina Enzer Published  September 27, 2011

Mobile number portability in the UAE has been postponed for a third time since it was first announced in January 2011.

Both telecoms providers in the UAE, du and Etisalat, are currently unable to allow number portability on their networks and need to further test their technology before launching the service, according to a report from the TRA in the Al Khaleej newspaper.

du released a statement to ITP.net confirming that the telecoms operator is still conducting testing on their systems.

"With reference to Mobile Number Portability (MNP), we are continuing to conduct technical tests in close coordination with the other telecom operator in the UAE, as per the directives and guidelines of the Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA). The tests have been ongoing for a while, and are mission critical to ensure a seamless customer experience whenever MNP is available in the UAE. Upon the successful conclusion of the tests and analysis of the results, the TRA would advise a date for MNP's commercial roll-out in the UAE," said a statement from du.

The new date for number portability has not yet been announced, but the service was originally scheduled to take place at the end of September 2011.

Mohamed Al Ghanim, Director General of the TRA told Al Khaleej that the TRA will coordinate with both operators to set a new date for the service after both operators have confirmed they are ready and are entirely up to providing the portability services to customers.

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