NCC rules out review of number portability scheme

By The Citizen

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is not planning to review the existing framework of the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) scheme.

The Head, Media and Public Relations, NCC, Mr. Reuben Muoka, told our correspondent in a telephone interview on Wednesday that the commission had not seen enough reasons to commence the review of the MNP scheme.

'That some people are saying we need to review some conditions of the MNP does not mean the commission will automatically start reviewing the terms,' he said.

Muoka stressed that the Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Dr. Eugene Juwah, had called on the operators to play by the rules of the scheme because that was what it needed to succeed.

He said subscribers were still porting across the networks, but did not disclose the volume of ported numbers.

Mr. Uche Onwudiwe, the Chief Operating Officer of Interconnect Clearinghouse Nigeria Limited, the firm in charge of the MNP scheme, confirmed that his firm had recommended to the NCC that some reviews were needed in order to make the scheme better.

Interconnect Clearing House coordinates the movement of subscribers across networks under the porting arrangement and ensures the release of subscribers who want to port from a particular network, and their acceptance by the new operators. - Punch.