Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Mobile competition stimulates porting of numbers

AUCKLAND, 18 December 2009

Mobile competition stimulates mass porting of numbers

New Zealand mobile provider 2degrees can reveal that it has reached 42,500 mobile ports since it launched in August this year. That equates to approximately 8,500 mobile numbers transferred across each month since 2degrees burst onto the telecommunications scene to offer New Zealanders a fairer deal.

Mobile number portability gives consumers the ability to keep their existing mobile phone number if they change telecommunications providers.

2degrees CEO, Eric Hertz says, “The dramatic increase in the number of mobile ports is demonstrated by the fact that, prior to our launch, the average per month was only 3,501 numbers.

“Since 2degress entered the market in August, mobile porting has increased by 410%, hitting a staggering monthly average of 14,377, and 70% of these numbers have been transferred over to 2degrees. Of our 42,500 mobile ports, 85% have moved to 2degrees from Vodafone,” Mr Hertz said.

Although mandated in the Telecommunications Act 2001, number porting only first became available in April 2007 following protracted negotiations between the Commerce Commission and incumbent telcos.

“Even though number porting has been available for more than two years, more than one third of all numbers ported to date has occurred in the last four months since we launched,” said Mr Hertz.

The total number of mobile numbers ported in the 2 years and 4 months leading up to the arrival of 2degrees into the New Zealand market was 98,028, at a monthly average of 3,501. The total for the four months from August through to November this year, coinciding with the first four months of real competition offered by 2degrees, is 57,508, at a monthly average to 14,377 mobile numbers ported. Therefore, 37% of all numbers ported since April 2007 has occurred since the launch of 2degrees.

How to keep your mobile phone number

Mobile customers have the ability to keep their mobile phone number when they move to another mobile company. This is called number porting or number transfer.

The porting process with 2degrees is all done online, which is unlike the porting process offered by other mobile phone service providers.

Once a customer has activated their SIM, they simply need to login to the “Your 2degrees” section of the 2degrees website. This section enables customers to manage their account, check their usage, top-up their account, select a new 022 number or port their existing mobile number to 2degrees.

Once the customer has completed the request their number will be ported over and working on the 2degrees network within one working day.

To find out more about number porting visit: www.2degreesmobile.co.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

RNZ: Porirua Most Expensive Region To Rent, According To Trade Me

A rental website shows this town is now New Zealand's most expensive region to rent a house, ahead of Wellington and Auckland cities. More>>

ALSO:


Stats NZ: Nearly 1,000 More Big Businesses Now Than Two Decades Ago – Media Release

There are now 2,690 big businesses in New Zealand employing more than 100 staff – nearly 1,000 or 58 percent more than 20 years ago, Stats NZ said today. Over the 20 years to February 2020, the total number of enterprises in New Zealand increased ... More>>

ALSO:

RNZ: Housing Boom Could Get Worse, Economist Warns

Economists are calling on the Reserve Bank to reinstate lending restrictions, warning the housing market is spiralling out of control. More>>

ALSO:

Westpac: Sets Out Plan To Go Cheque-Free

Westpac NZ has announced details of its plan to phase out cheques, after signalling in May that it would be supporting a move to other forms of payment. Cheques will cease to be available as a means of payment after 25 June 2021. Westpac NZ General ... More>>

ALSO:

NZTA: Major New Zealand Upgrade Programme Projects Go To Tender

Two major New Zealand Upgrade Programme projects are beginning tenders for construction. The New Zealand Upgrade Programme is a $6.8 billion investment to get our cities moving, to save lives and boost productivity in growth areas. The first Auckland ... More>>

Reserve Bank: RBNZ Seeks To Preserve Benefits Of Cash

The Reserve Bank – Te Pūtea Matua is taking on a new role of steward of the cash system “to preserve the benefits of cash for all who need them”, Assistant Governor Christian Hawkesby told the Royal Numismatics Society of New Zealand annual conference ... More>>

ALSO:


CERT NZ: Malicious Computer Virus Targeting New Zealanders

CERT NZ, the government agency which supports organisations and individuals affected by cyber security incidents, says a recent surge of increasingly sophisticated malware attacks is affecting everyday New Zealanders as well as large organisations. The ... More>>

ALSO:

Economy: NZ Small Business Recovery Continues In September

Xero, the global small business platform, today released its Small Business Insights (XSBI) for September revealing an uptick in small business jobs and year-on-year revenue growth in New Zealand. Nationwide, the average number of jobs in the small ... More>>

ALSO:


Courts: Businessman Eric Watson Sentenced To A Four-Month Jail Term

New Zealand businessman Eric Watson has been sentenced to a four-month jail term in the UK for contempt of court, TVNZ reports. More>>

OECD: Area Employment Rate Falls By 4.0 Percentage Points, To 64.6% In Second Quarter Of 2020

The OECD area employment rate – the share of the working-age population with jobs – fell by 4.0 percentage points, to 64.6%, in the second quarter of 2020, its lowest level since the fourth quarter of 2010. Across the OECD area, 560 million persons ... More>>

Spark: Turns On 5G In Auckland And Offers A Glimpse Into The Future Of Smart Cities

Spark turned on 5G in downtown Auckland today and has partnered with Auckland Transport (AT) to showcase some of the latest in IoT (Internet of Things) technology and demonstrate what the future could look like for Auckland’s CBD with the power of 5G. 5G is ... More>>

Stats NZ: Monthly Migration Remains Low

Since the border closed in late-March 2020, net migration has averaged about 300 a month, Stats NZ said today. In the five months from April to August 2020, overall net migration was provisionally estimated at 1,700. This was made up of a net gain ... More>>