In Cameroon, Switch Network while Keeping Old Phone Number

Very soon, it will be possible to switch from one network to another while keeping your old phone number. Stop thinking it is impossible, and read on. By the way, there is already a technical term for the phenomenon called Mobile Number Portability.

A contract to facilitate the portability of mobile telephone numbers in Cameroon from one operator to another has been signed by three mobile telephone companies operating in Cameroon.

The endorsement was achieved on Tuesday 19, April 2016 at the Hilton Hotel in Yaounde between MTN, Orange, and Viettel mobile phone operators and the General Manager of Huawei technologies Co. Cameroon Ltd, the company to install and ensure the effectiveness of the technology.

Mobile number portability is a technological feature that’s already popular in most of the USA, Europe, and Asian countries. The technology allows phone users can retain their telephone numbers whenever they choose to switch from one telephone network to another.

If the installation is realized, Cameroon will become the 8th in Africa and only the second in francophone Africa, after Senegal, to have the mobile number portability technology.

The project which is expected to last seven months and would cost the three telephone companies not less than FCFA 1.5 billion will be supervised by the Cameroon’s Telecommunications Regulatory Agency, ART.

According to cameroonjournal, Li Jiguang, the head of Huawei technologies Cameroon stated that the mobile portability project is a milestone that will expand Cameroon’s technological horizons especially within the framework of the digital economy policy of President Paul Biya.

The representatives of the companies who took part in the signing of the contract were unanimous that not only will the new system leave mobile telephone users with the latitude to choose from a multiplicity of options with low costs; it will also ensure a better-connected Cameroon which has seen a meteoric rise in mobile penetration; from 12% in 2005 to 84% in 2015.

The mobile number portability project in Cameroon was first initiated in 2010 by Law no. 2010/013 of 21 December 2010 on electronic communications in its article 50 (3) which made provision for the technology, and prime ministerial decree no. 2012/1641/PM of 14 July 2012, fixes conditions under which the system should operate.

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