Phone number porting by April: Neotel

4 February 2010

South African fixed line telecoms operator Neotel says it is on track for individual number porting to become available by April 2010.

Geographic number portability

Geographic number portability enables customers to transfer their fixed line number from one operator to the next – maintaining their telephone number but switching operators.

“The porting of numbers in blocks of 10 000 or 1 000 has been available for some months now,” Neotel’s Angus Hay said in a statement this week.

“Unfortunately that excluded many businesses, as it is only relevant to very large corporations,” he explained. “This is what South Africans have been waiting for, of course – the ability to port their individual fixed line telephone numbers.”

‘Freedom of choice’

Geographic number portability brings a new dimension of freedom of choice to the consumer as they no longer have to lose their existing fixed line number when changing service providers.

“This truly puts the consumer in charge of their own destiny when it comes to service providers,” Hay said.

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa ruled in December last year that ported numbers must be indicated to the consumer by the sound of three beeps while a call is being connected, as is currently the industry standard with ported cellular numbers.

SAinfo reporter

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