will be able to change mobile phone operators without changing their mobile
numbers by next year, or in 2012, alongside rules the government is now drafting
to boost local telecom competition.
Minister of Information and Communications Le Nam Thang said the mobile number
portability (MNP) policy, expected to be finished this year and introduced in
2011 or 2012, would benefit customers and strengthen competition within the
phone operators will have to increase their service quality with reasonable
prices," said Thang. "Before, many customers have hesitated to change the
service providers as they like maintaining their mobile numbers. But when the
MNP policy is applied, the situation will be different."
telecom firms which offer good prices and quality can survive and develop," he
feature common in many international markets, allows consumers to use the same
telephone number even if they switch service providers.
said the policy would also allow for the network system to be used more
is applied, mobile phone operators will no longer own particular prefixes.
Instead, they will share all the prefixes.
are asking for new series of numbers, offering to pay billions of dong for that
per year; but MNP will force them to reconsider. In case they can't ensure good
quality and reasonable prices, it turns out that they pay fees for new numbers
on behalf of other service providers."
Vietnam has a population of 86 million, there are some 115.7 million mobile
subscriptions in the country, the General Statistic Office said last month.
About 50 million mobile phone numbers are inactive, local newswire VnExpress
said at the end of last year.