Modified Network Infrastructure to Engage the Impoverished State Operator in the Number Portability System
Number Portability (NP) as one of the major regulatory services aims to reduce switching costs and balance market shares among the active operators, expand the scale of the market. NP also fosters competition in a deregulated mobile services market since without number portability service, the incumbent operators will be at an advantageous position over new entrants into the mobile market. Number Portability will also necessitate operators to implement more persistent competition strategies including reduced prices, improved quality of service to attract new customers and retain the existing ones by improving brand equity, customer trust and loyalty. However, though the implementation of number portability created new opportunities and improved consumer experience in many markets, international call termination into number-portability countries became more difficult and costly. In addition, building the necessary infrastructure could not be feasible since NP often creates no new economic values for the state operator(s). In cases where any one of the active operators is not involved in the NP system, a remedy should be produced so that the other operators are given the chance to implement the NP service. This article deals with a method of solution for the case where the state’s fixed telephone services operator is not involved in the NP system due to financial and political reasons.
Keywords - Number Portability, Impoverished Government Operator, Participating, Transparent Service.