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Airtel benefits most from number portability

27 February 2014, 16:25

Abuja - More than 73 000 subscribers have swooped networks since the introduction of  the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) scheme last year.

This is according to statistics provided by the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC).
NCC statistics revealed that more subscribers in the country are leaving their telecoms networks to Airtel.

According to NCC of the 73 734 subscribers that dumped their networks for others, 35 414 representing,  48.03 percent pitched their tents with Airtel.

Etisalat came second among top gainer with  23 582 or 31.98 percent of the total number of subscribers that chose new service providers.

On the other hand, Globacom gained 9 830 subscribers or 13.33 percent, while MTN Nigeria came last with 4 908 subscribers or 6.66 percent.

The scheme was instituted last year to allow subscribers who are unsatisfied with their telecoms network to move to another network but retain their numbers.

The NCC had in 2011 issued a licence to the Interconnect/Saab Grintek/Telecordia consortium to run the porting platform for a period of five years in the first instance.

The recent figures represents aggregate MNP movement between May and December 2013.

- CAJ News

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