Mobile Number Portability in Panama

Government authorities and Telecom companies began discussions for implementing number portability.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Several commissions will be created, for discussing technical, economic and legal subjects, indicated the National Authority for Public Services.

"...topics to be defined include technical specifications, biding terms for the lead entity for number portability, advancements on the upgrading of telecoms networks, calendar of activities, among others", reported Prensa in its website.

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Number Portability in Panama

November 2009

Owners of mobile and fixed telephone lines will have to pay a monthly fee to be able to change their carrier while keeping the same number.

The original project stated that the fee was to be paid by the telecom companies, and that it could not be transferred to consumers.

Panama: Offers Received for Data Center

September 2010

Four companies have presented bids to provide data storage services for the number portability project.

The participating companies were Telefónica Móviles Panamá, S.A., Unión Fenosa Redes de Telecomunicaciones Panamá, Cable & Wireless Panamá, S.A., and Cable Onda, S.A.

Number Portability in Panama

September 2013

During 2013 there were 66.834 changes in suppliers, just over 1% of the number of active lines.

The figure is a slightly up from 2012, when 58,388 users switched providers during the same months.

According to Chilean firm LookUp, Panama ranks number three in Latin America in terms of the highest percentage of portability, surpassed only by Chile and Colombia, where the number of changes of provider represent 3.23% and 1.06% of the number of active lines.

Number Portability in Panama

May 2011

From November the company Porting Access will provide telephone number portability services.

According to an article in Laprensa.com “The vice minister for Economy Frank De Lima, "... said at a news conference that the contract includes a tender item of U.S.$1.8 million to supply the equipment necessary for systems operation, and another $400,000 for the update and maintenance for a period of three years.

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