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Proposal for Guatemalan number portability filed

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The introductions of mobile number portability (MNP) in Guatemala could become a reality if a proposed reform to the existing telecoms act is successful, BNamericas reports.
It is understood that a local legislator, Francisco Contreras, has filed the amendment to the General Law of Telecommunications (Decree 94-96), which would allow mobile subscribers to obtain ownership of their numbers within nine months, then allowing them to transfer the number free of charge to any other provider. Such legislation could benefit the 13 million mobile users signed up to one of the five mobile network operators currently offering commercial services in Guatemala.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, at end-December 2009 the country’s largest mobile network operator by subscribers was Comcel (Tigo Guatemala), which had 5.38 million customers, or 41.1% of the market, while Sercom (Claro) and Telefonica Moviles Guatemala (Movistar) had 4.61 million (35.2%) and 3.1 million (23.7%) subscribers respectively.

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