UAE mobile number portability effective December 30 [Mubasher (Saudi Arabic)]
(Mubasher (Saudi Arabic) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) The UAE's telecoms regulator has announced that Etisalat and du will
launched the mobile phone number portability service this month, Arabian
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority
(TRA) said in a statement that it has given both operators a deadline to
prepare their commercial offerings and sales channels, with the transfer
for subscribers starting on December 30 at 8am.
When effective, the
change will allow customers to switch between the Gulf state's two network
operators while retaining their phone number.
The TRA initially
aimed to introduce mobile phone number portability back in mid-2008, but
it and the country's operators have missed numerous deadlines in the years
The regulator said the move was part of its commitment to
promote greater levels of competition in the UAE mobile operator market,
and to improve the level of service available for consumers.
considered an effective service that is intended to promote further
competition in mobile communications in the UAE as the mobile phone
subscribers will be able to keep their original phone numbers if they
wanted," the statement read.;
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