From the pages of the New Straits Times, 16th October 2008
KUALA LUMPUR: Mobile phone users can now switch to another provider without changing their number.This means a customer whose number is 01x-3456789 can retain it when he or she switches to a rival firm. This applies to postpaid or prepaid users.
This is possible after the government launched the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) yesterday.
“The government is committed to ensuring all mobile users can experience world-class services,” said Energy, Water and Communications Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor after the launch here.
Previously, consumers were unwilling to change operators as they did not want to go through the hassle of informing their contacts of the change in phone number.
About 87.9 per cent of Malaysians, or more than 25 million people, own a mobile phone.
“We believe this the best time to launch MNP as the telecommunication market is moving into a mature phase. Initiatives like MNP will help boost competitiveness within the sector,” Shaziman said.
Present were Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission chairman Datuk Dr Halim Shafie, Maxis Communications Bhd chief executive officer Sandip Das, Celcom (M) Bhd CEO Datuk Seri Shazalli Ramly and DiGi.Com Bhd CEO Johan Dennelind. Mobile operators were excited about the MNP.
“Competition can only be good for consumers. MNP will force all operators to be more efficient,” said Sandip.
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