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ANCOM: Lower fees for porting phone numbers up to 2.6 times

ANCOM: Lower fees for porting phone numbers up to 2.6 times

National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM) adopted the decision on reducing the number porting fees charged by telephony operators, as a press release informs.

“As the amount of ported numbers has increased significantly, ANCOM deemed it necessary to review the fees that the recipient provider owes to the donor provider for each ported number. We expect this reduction of the porting costs per telephone number to bring about growing numbers of portability users, and the providers’ launching more attractive offers,” Eduard Lovin, ANCOM Vice-president, stated.

The decision will be sent for publication in the Romanian Official Gazette and will enter into force 15 days after its publication.

The fee for porting geographic numbers, location-independent numbers and non-geographic numbers, other than those intended for the provision of mobile electronic communications services was set at EUR 4.64 per ported number, down from EUR 7.8.

The level of this fee was determined based on benchmarking, as the average of the wholesale number porting fees applied in Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Macedonia, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain and Turkey, weighted by the number of active fixed telephony lines as of 1 July 2017.

At the same time, the tariff for porting non-geographic numbers for the provision of mobile electronic communications services was set at EUR 2.13 per ported number, down from EUR 5.6.

ANCOM has set the maximum level of porting fees by means of the benchmarking method, based on information collected from 31 of the 37 member states in the Independent Regulators Group (IRG).

Following the public consultation process, ANCOM considered it relevant that the maximum level of the porting fees be set as a weighted average in relation to the number of active fixed telephone lines, for porting fixed numbers, respectively to the number of active SIM cards number, for porting mobile numbers, as of 1 July 2017, considering that the number of users is a factor with a higher specific relevance than the country’s population, as initially proposed by ANCOM in the public consultation.

ANCOM set the fees currently in force in 2010, when approximately 250,000 phone numbers had been ported. Amost 4.5 million numbers have been transferred between networks from the launch of portability to end-2017. 3.7 million of these are mobile telephony numbers and 700,000 are fixed telephony numbers.

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