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UAE delays mobile number portability

TRA plans to introduce MNP in Q3 owing to technical problems

UAE delays mobile number portability
Mobile users in the UAE will have to wait until Q3 to be able to switch operators while keeping the same number.

The UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has delayed the introduction of mobile number portability until the third quarter of the year. The TRA had earlier said that it intended to introduce MNP by March.

“TRA has foreseen the need to extend the mobile number portability service launch to the third quarter of this year in order to allow for several performance and functionality enhancements to the mobile number portability system,” the TRA said in a statement.

The TRA added that it had “reintroduced” the MNP system to Etisalat and Du for testing, and would launch the service “as soon as they [licencees] are ready”.

Once operational, MNP will enable mobile phone users in the UAE to switch mobile operators while retaining the same mobile phone number.

Earlier in the year, Mohamed Al Ghanim, director general of the TRA, told Reuters that Etisalat and Du would be ready to launch MNP by the end of January 2011.

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