View Full Version : Thai Mobile Service Providers Must let Customer Change Provider

Pee Baa Jub Jub
31st August 2010, 10:54
The National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) issues an ultimatum to local mobile service operators warning them to enable the number portability service as scheduled, or else they will face a 20,000 THB fine per day.

An NTC Commissioner, Suranan Wongvithayakamjorn, said the 5 mobile service operators including AIS, DTAC, TrueMove, TOT and CAT Telecom, must officially launch the mobile number portability (MNP) on 31 August as planned. He reasoned that the NTC had extended the deadline for one year after the MNP criteria were announced in the royal gazette, to allow the operators to setup the system.

The NTC threatened that the service providers would be subject to a daily fine if they failed to launch the service in time. The MNP will allow customers to change service providers without having to change their numbers.

Meanwhile, all the service operators claimed it would take another 4-5 months to complete the system testing and thus could not make the service usable in time. They expect the system to be ready in December this year.