Feasibility Study & Cost Benefit Analysis of Number Portability for Mobile Services in Hong Kong

Fri May 01 16:24:00 EDT 1998
By Nigel Attenborough

In December 1997, the Office of the Telecommunications Authority (OFTA) in Hong Kong commissioned NERA and Smith System Engineering to conduct a feasibility study and a cost benefit analysis of mobile number portability (MNP). The main issues considered were:

:: Technical options for MNP in Hong Kong;
:: Costs of implementing MNP;
:: Demand for, and estimates of, MNP;
:: Options to recover the costs of portability.

This is the final report of the OFTA. The assumptions made in this report to determine the costs and benefits follow discussion the authors had with the industry and other telecommunications experts. This report also incorporates the comments received on the preliminary report which was presented to the industry in Hong Kong in February 1998.