New Date for Number Portability Bids in Panama

Proposals to provide the equipment for the project should now be received by 19 August.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The contract is to supply, install and provide technical support for equipment to enable people to keep their telephone number when they change providers.

Proposals for the $3.4 million Number Portability project will be managed the Panamanian Public Services Authority (ASEP), which will carry out all administrative operations with telecommunications service providers. Tenders are expected to be turnkey solutions for an All Call Query (ACQ) setup.

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Number Portability Available in Panama

November 2011

Panamanians are now masters of their phone numbers and can choose which company to hire services from.

A press release from the National Authority of Public Services in Panama reads:

Panama became on Tuesday (November 29, 2011) the first country in the region to implement number portability after the National Authority of Public Services (ASEP) formally launched this service, which will enable customers to own the eight digits of their number without having to pay for the service, or make large transactions.

Panama: New Invitation to Tender for Number Portability Project

July 2010

After all bids were declared void, the terms and conditions for the purchase of equipment and leasing of a data center are being reviewed.

The Panamanian Public Services Authority (ASEP) has met with members of the public acquisitions directorate with a view to improving the bid specifications for the project that will enable people to keep their telephone number when they change providers.

Panama: More Delays in Number Portability

June 2010

The governmental acquisition to select a provider for supplying and maintaining the system technology was declared deserted.

The evaluation committee ruled that none of the two proposals, submitted by Porting Access Teletech and “Informática El Corte Inglés”, complied with the requisites.

Panama: Numeric Portability to Cost $ 11.4 Million

February 2009

The proposed numeric portability in mobile telephone services is scheduled to start in 2010.

Wilfredo Jordán wrote in "Telephone Service Operators have to invest $7.7 million. The reference entity will supply $2.5 million (the cost to be shared between Asep and the operators), as well as $1 million in advertising and $200 thousand in other expenses that the National Authority of Public Services (ASEP by its initials in Spanish) will cover. Numeric portability is the right that telephone customers have of changing phone service providers while keeping their land line or mobile phone numbers."

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