Nigeria’s leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) company, MTN has said that it is ready to implement Mobile Number Portability (MNP) in consonance with the policy of the industry regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). The NCC recently announced plans to flag off Mobile Number Portability in April, this year.
Speaking at an internal stakeholder forum recently, MTN’s Corporate Services Executive, Akinwale Goodluck, said the company has put systems in place to make MNP a reality for mobile phone users in Nigeria who are eager to join the country’s most expansive network.
“We have made all the necessary investment in infrastructure and manpower to make MNP a reality,” said Goodluck. “We are confident that at the commencement date, we will be absolutely ready.” Goodluck disclosed that a series of tests had been successfully carried out on the company’s systems and infrastructure without any hitch.
“We are excited that customers who wish to join the network with the most coverage of Nigeria will now be able to do so without worrying about losing their mobile numbers. As you know, we have made far more investment in our network than any other operator in Nigeria has done, with the result that? we are today the clear leader with effective network coverage of more than 85 per cent of Nigeria’s land mass and population.
“We have nearly 100 per cent coverage of most major highways in Nigeria and we are gradually moving towards the final laps of a massive, nationwide network modernisation and swap-out exercise that is bound to give the network unequalled capacity and much improved quality of service in the near future.