Porting of non-geographic numbers is finally a reality.
In a General Notice issued by ICASA on the 15th of December 2021, the Chairperson, Dr Keabetswe Modimoeng, announced that the Number Portability Regulations in Government Gazette No. 41949 dated 01 October 2018 will come into effect on 07 March 2022.
Mobile and geographic number portability have had a major impact on the consumer. And now, porting of non-geographic numbers will further positively impact the market. Consumers and businesses will now be able to port their 087 numbers. And businesses that have been held back from changing their existing providers can now do so because they can port their 0800 and 086 numbers.
Customers will no longer be compelled to stay with the same operator to keep their number. And best of all, service providers will have to up their game when it comes to delivering customer service. This will level the playing field for all service providers. Businesses and consumers will have complete freedom of choice when renewing their fixed-line contracts. Their decision to stay or go will depend on many factors but not because they can’t port their 087, 086 or 080 number.
Switch Telecom is proud to have played an integral part in the push towards the porting of non-geographic numbers. It’s a massive milestone that has taken 16 years to achieve.
The competition is on and Switch Telecom is ready!
If you would like to learn more about porting your number and the benefits of porting click here.
Or if you, like us, are ready to port your non-geographic number, please contact us now.