Customers of mobile communication service in Papua New Guinea will be able to retain their mobile numbers when switching to other network operators of their choice.

This will be realised when the National Information and Communications Technology Authority (NICTA) concludes the process of introducing mobile number portability in the country.

NICTA Chief Executive Officer Charles Punaha said the authority will make its final decision after comments from stakeholders including the mobile operators in the country.

Punaha said a discussion paper on the costs and benefits of implementing the Mobile Number Portability is also being circulated for public comments.

He said the project is looking at making it mandatory for number portability to be introduced.

Number portability basically means that a customer can retain the same number but can switch to another service provider and take his number with him.

The public and mobile network operators have until the 3rd of February to comment

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