Neotel ready for individual number porting

2010-01-26 10:51

TELECOMMUNICATIONS company Neotel will be ready for individual

number porting in April.

“The porting of numbers in blocks of 10?000 or 1000 has been

available for some months now,” Angus Hay, executive head of technology at

Neotel said yesterday.

This had excluded many businesses as it was only relevant to very

large corporations, Hay said.

Geographic number portability is defined as the process via which

customers can transfer their fixed-line number from one operator to the next –

maintaining their telephone number but switching operators.

“Some large customers have already ported a number of 10?000 and

1000 blocks to Neotel,” Hay said.

“In addition, we are already testing 100 block porting, and as of

April will be able to do 100 block and individual porting for any


The Independent Communications Authority of SA ruled on December 18

last year that ported numbers had to be indicated to the consumer by the sound

of three beeps while a call was being connected, as was currently the industry

standard with ported cellular numbers.

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