*Over 87,000 subscribers port in 14 months
IN just about 14 months, the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC introduced the Mobile Number portability, a huge traffic of over over 87 thousand is recorded on the system.
This traffic represents a steady adoption of the service and underscores the level of poor network among the operators.
The traffic includes the number of telephone lines that have ported from one network to another since the launch of the service. In fact the official figure is pitched at 87,887.
The figure comprises incoming and outgoing porting and on all the Global System for Mobile Communication, GSM, operators including MTN, Airtel, Globacom and Etisalat.
Incoming porting results in the gaining of new subscribers by a telecoms network from competitors while outgoing porting shows loss of subscribers on a network to its competitors.
In an official data, from NCC, recording MNP on the various GSM networks between May, 2013 to February, 2014, 87,887 phone users have ported in the first 10 months after MNP launch.
In porting, the number of outgoing porting usually equals the same incoming porting but the distribution of the figure for both outgoing and incoming porting differ depending the network a subscriber decides to port to.
On the incoming porting, latest industry data revealed that, 7,164 ported in May; 5,759 in June; 6,870 in July; 14,440 in August while a total of 16,185 subscriber lines were ported in September, last year.
Figures for incoming porting
In October, November and December, 2013, the figures for incoming porting stood at 8,112; 8,242 and 6,962 respectively.
In January and February this year, the incoming porting figures on the four GSM networks were 6,888 and 7,265 respectively.
However, the Commission stated in the data that outgoing ported lines were 7,013; 5,802; 6,753; 12,039; 13,072; 8,105 for the months of May, June, July, August, September and October respectively while in November and December, the figures stood at 7,830 and 5,850 in that order.
By the end of January, 2014, the figure was 6,880 while in February; it was 7,080, according to the NCC data. Though the service is not compulsory, MNP has been described as a service that is very useful for telecoms consumers in a country such as Nigeria, where the networks are not robust yet, even as telecoms operators continue to work with the Interconnect Clearing House, ICH, for more flexible ways to make migration from one network to another less time-consuming.
Etisalat Nigeria, at a press conference recently claimed to have been most favorable among other operators since the introduction of MNP, recording 45 percent of the portings in its favour.