Argentina Extends Mobile Number Portability Service Contract


APA, a subsidiary of Telcordia Technologies dba iconectiv, an authoritative partner of the global communications industry connecting more than two billion people every day, announced a two-year extension for its data administration contract for mobile number portability (MNP) in the Republic of Argentina.

Argentinian subscribers will continue to easily transfer their existing mobile number from one service provider to another with APA serving as a neutral verifier during the number process. The iconectiv subsidiary, APA, was first selected and awarded the contract in 2011 on behalf of the four service providers known collectively as the Regulatory Authority and was assigned administrator of portability data and verifier of numbering transactions.

From the beginning of the implementation of the number portability service in Argentina, there has been a steady increase in porting rates and overall market growth. Argentina is now the third-largest mobile market in Latin America with 61 million mobile connections. The country’s mobile market now has 90% unique subscribers, higher than Europe (85%) and the U.S. (80%). In 2015, Argentina’s mobile sector contributed over $21 billion USD in value-added terms equivalent to about 3.7% of the country’s total GDP.1

“APA has been a tremendous partner to Argentina since number portability services were first introduced to consumers five years ago,” said Agustin Garzon, Executive Manager, Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones (ENACOM)….