From 11 to 12 September, it is taking place in Istanbul the EMERG workshop on number portability, being hosted by the Turkish regulator, ICTA. Participants attending to this event come from Tunisia, Spain, Portugal, Palestine, Morocco, Lebanon, Turkey, Italy, Israel, France, Egypt and Austria. The European Commission is also participating, assuring the presentation on the legal framework on number portability within the EU.
Number portability is a major instrument that is essential to ensure effective competition between electronic communications service providers.It has now been introduced in many of the EMERG member countries (at least in mobile communications markets) but not in all of them. Nevertheless, upon closer examination, the systems used vary enormously and their resulting effectiveness and efficiency is likely to vary as well.
This workshop in thus an opportunity for NRA experts to sit together, sharing information about the set-up of number portability mechanisms and their performance. Further, it may be useful to achieve a better understanding on this subject, identifying areas where approaches coincide and other areas where approaches diverge.
As such, by sharing know-how and comparing solutions, EMERG members can re-evaluate their own number portability frameworks and solutions. The workshop will produce a report that will provide a narrative of the discussed themes and will also present proposals for follow up activities, if any.
In the short term, there will be the workshop on MVNOs, in Barcelona, next 9-10 October, and the BEREC-EMERG joint workshop, which will take place in Brussels, in a date still to be confirmed.