Kuwait to launch mobile number portability

Country's operators set to introduce free service within two months

Tags: Viva (www.viva.com.kw)Wataniya Telecom (www.wataniya.com)Zain - Kuwait
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Kuwait to launch mobile number portability Kuwait's operators will soon offer a free MNP service. (Getty Images)
By  Roger Field Published  April 18, 2013

Kuwait's mobile operators will provide a mobile number portability (MNP) service within the next 30-45 days, according to a report from the Kuwait Times.

The MNP service will allow mobile subscribers in the country to switch providers while retaining the same phone number free of charge.

The initiative was announced during a press conference held by the Ministry of Communication and the National Technology Enterprises Company (NTEC).

Kuwait is home to three operators: Zain, Wataniya and Viva. According to the report, subscribers who want to make use of the service will have to fill an application form and pay any outstanding bill to their current service provider. They will then receive a new SIM card with their existing mobile number. The process should take no more than 24 hours.

Kuwait is not the first country in the Gulf to launch MNOP. Oman and Qatar both already have the service in place.

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