The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has opened the Microcom Networking Protocol (MNP) law discussion to the public to improve the country’s telecommunication services.
A draft of the 2013 MNP regulations has been posted on the NCC website, inviting public interaction with the hope of drawing operators’ reactions until March 4.
Applicable to all telecommunication operators, the regulation requires new operators to notify the customer of port activation lead times and come to an agreement about the times and date of actual porting per order type.
Furthermore, porting is to be in the hands of the customer, as arranged by physical appointment at the new operator’s sale point.
“Subscribers who apply to port their numbers will be required to swap their SIM cards from the old mobile service provider for SIM cards to the new provider,” the draft states.