Anwar Hossain
Cellphone operators can avail the much-awaited Mobile Number Portability (MNP) service that begins today.
From now on, a mobile phone user can port easily to another operator keeping his/her existing number unchanged and the process will take maximum 72 hours. If any user again wants to change operator, he/she has to wait 90 days.
“We are all set to launch the MNP service from early Monday”, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) designated officer for public relations Zakir Hossain Khan told Bangladesh Post, The porting charge is reset at Tk 50 from Tk 30. Grameenphone, Robi, Airtel and Banglalink can switch to one another’s network and be able to use their call rates and internet services. BRTC has already sent a letter to respective operators confirming the MNP service staring date and time.
Infozillion BD Teletech has received the license to provide the service.
Managing director Mabroor Hossain of the company said they are ready with all required preparations to launch the service in the country from today.
Mentionable, including all charges and surcharges subscribers have to pay Tk 157.50, including Tk 50 for porting charge, Tk 7 in VAT and Tk 100 for SIM replacement.
But mobile operators said for each change, subscribers have to take new SIM paying charges. If a subscriber wants to change operators by 24 hours he/she have to pay Tk 258. Infozillion will take the charge to provide fastest service.
Once subscriber switches to another operator and if they feel it’s not as good as they thought, they cannot return to their old operator unless the conditioned period is over.
Industry insider said this new service will not be so attractive with the terms and conditions set by the BRTC.
Call rates, internet packs and other services of all mobile operators are almost identical in. But it can vary when the operators provide different attractive services to their subscribers.
To this end, telecommunication research organisation LIRN Asia researcher Abu Saeed khan said subscribers usually switch to other operators for lower call rates and internet charges, but in reality there is no big difference among country’s mobile operators.

Sayed Talat Kamal, head of Communications, Grameenphone Ltd told Bangladesh Post, “We have taken all preparations to welcome customers into the best network for both data and voice call all over the country.
“We believe customers, who will opt to join the Grameenphone network through MNP, will find the best value for their money. We are also confident that customers will continue their trust in Grameenphone’s superior services’.