The MNP today has become an essential tool for deepening competition in the telecommunications market as it affords the customer a very unique opportunity and choice to move from one operator to another without having to change the mobile telephony number.
Ghana’s successAlles weergeven in MNP is touted globally as unmatched. Since its introduction in less than four years, the service has gained momentum with over two million successful porting requests processed as at February, this year.
The ports take place in less than six minutes, a development described as very remarkable in the sub-region.
This success can be attributed to the advance preparations and rigorous testing and monitoring by all the stakeholders.
Addressing delegates at the opening of a five-day workshop on MNP and Quality of Service in Accra, Albert Enninful, Deputy Director-General of the National Communications Authority (NCA), said it would include discussions on the phases involved in the roll out of MNP as well as the role of the regulator in the various phases.
Enninful said Ghana was endeavoring to meet its QoS mandate and had world class officers who had presented the Ghanaian QoS measurements and processes to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) which had adopted them.
“There is no doubt that this workshop has come at an opportune time and is a good step in the right direction to achieve our regulatory goals and mandates to our people in this sub-region,” he said.
Ghana’s Minister of Communications Edward Omane-Boamah said meetings such as these would afford West African nations the opportunity to learn from experiences and also agree on common ways to improve services.
Elh Maman Laminou, Executive Secretary of the West African Telecommunication Regulatory Assembly, an international telecom organization with 15 member-countries, praised Ghana for being “an African champion” in the MNP and QoS operations.
“When we talk about MNP in Africa, the state that stands out is Ghana,” Laminou said.
The workshop is expected to provide more insight into the operations of MNP and topics and facilitate the exchange of ideas, views and experiences that will boost investor confidence through effective regulatory policies