Mobile Number Portability Launched in Bahrain
Published on: 18th Jul 2011
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By: Ian Mansfield
Bahrain has launched Mobile Number Portability between the country's four mobile networks. Number portability for landlines will be offered from October.
The country's implementation of MNP is 'recipient-led', where subscribers only need to contact the new operator. In addition, once a subscriber decides to move, the old operator may not directly contact the subscriber, with the purpose of trying to convince the subscriber to return, for a period of 3 months.
During the press conference, TRA Chairman Dr. Mohammed Al Amer said, "we expect the percentage of participants wishing to transfer their numbers up to 20% of the total number of mobile subscribers in the Kingdom of Bahrain."
SystorIntereurope Systems is managing the Number Portability Central System, which is a key component of the process responsible for coordinating the exchange of messages between Licensed Operators as well as maintaining the authoritative database of ported numbers and performance metrics of all Licensed Operators.
The Number Portability central system is being hosted by the Bahrain Internet Exchange (BIX), which facilitates the ease of access by all operators.