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NCC Gets FG’s Nod, Begins Number Portability Today

The federal government has backed the initiative of the Nigerian Communications  Commission (NCC) to commence number porting across the GSM networks today.

The Minister of Communications Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, told reporters that  Mobile Number Portability (MNP) would give subscribers the choice to select networks that offer best telecoms services, insisting that Nigerians have to embrace it, since it was the best option in a bad situation.

Confirming that it would commence the exercise today, the Head, Public Relations at NCC, Mr. Reuben Muoka, said that all was set for full implementation of  MNP across GSM networks.

According to him, “all the GSM operators are ready and NCC is set to rollout the service, which is long overdue.”

He, however, said operators of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA), like Visafone, Capcom, and  Intercellular, would not be part of the exercise at the moment, because of the different technology that they operate.

He said NCC would begin with GSM operators, and later include the CDMA operators, if that of the GSM operators became successful.

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