Ivorians will now be able to use the same phone number for all mobile operators.
Côte d’Ivoire has three major mobile operators competing for the support of 32 million subscribers.
This competition will probably increase from Monday with the passage of the country to mobile portability.
This device allows a subscriber to keep his cell phone number while changing operator.
In Côte d’Ivoire, the numbering plan allowed the regulator to assign each mobile phone company a number block with a prefix.
From now on, regardless of the prefix or number block, the subscriber may decide to leave his operator for another.
There will no longer be a mobile phone number for Orange, MTN or MOOV but a subscriber number that under certain conditions can be used by all operators.
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority / TIC of Côte d’Ivoire (ARTCI) indicates that to benefit from the service of portability, the subscriber must be identified “in accordance with the regulations in force”.
It must be active, “that is to say have sent or received at least one voice call or SMS, or have connected at least once to the Data service during the last three (03) months”.
The first activation of the number must go back more than sixty (60) calendar days and the last portage must go back more than sixty (60) calendar days.
“In other words, the minimum duration between two successive portings is sixty (60) calendar days,” says the Agency.
Mobile portability in Côte d’Ivoire was announced for 31 July 2018, but some technical constraints delayed its start.
Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria or Kenya are countries where this technology is already applied.
Article: BBC AFRIQUE