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Journal of Emerging Trends in Computing and Information Sciences >> Call for Papers Vol. 8 No. 3, March 2017

Journal of Emerging Trends in Computing and Information Sciences

Mobile Number Portability: Challenges and solutions

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Author Atiya Faiz Khan
ISSN 2079-8407
On Pages 1-6
Volume No. 2
Issue No. Special Issue
Issue Date February 01, 2011
Publishing Date February 01, 2011
Keywords Mobile telecommunications, cost-benefit analysis, competitive, switching costs, operators.


Increasing numbers of countries require mobile telephone networks to offer mobile number portability (MNP).The term MNP allows customers who wish to switch mobile operator to keep their mobile numbers, avoiding the costs of switching to new numbers. Customers are predominantly reluctant to switch their network operator if this means that they would have to change their telephone number. Changing one’s telephone numbers can be a major inconvenience and a potential barrier preventing the general public from taking advantage of the options available in a developed competitive telecommunications market. The implementation of number portability initiatives in many key markets created new opportunities and improved the consumer’s experience, but terminating calls into number-portability countries became more difficult, confusing and expensive as a result. The absence of number portability may therefore give the incumbent operators a significant competitive advantage over new entrants into the market. 


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