Cameroon announces September start date for mobile number portability

Alan Burkitt-Gray
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Ministry gives 1 September as beginning of project after $2.7 investment by MTN, Nexttel and Orange

Cameroon in west Africa is introducing mobile number portability at the end of next week, 1 September.

The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications has set the date after a number of delays: portability was first due to start in November last year, and then in April 2017.

Huawei won a contract worth $2.7 million to set up a centralised number database for the country’s three operators, MTN, Nexttel and Orange.

From 1 September mobile customers will be able to move from one operator to another while keeping their number, said the ministry.

MTN, Nexttel and Orange officially launched the project at the end of January, but no explanation for the delay has been given. They are running a so-called economic interest grouping to manage the mobile portability project.

The ministry announced the official start date during a ceremony to begin a publicity campaign to promote portability.