Number Portability is a service, a regulatory facility, available to subscribers of publicly available telephone services, fixed or mobile, to change their choice of service provider while maintaining unchanged their current numbers.
This service was initially only available to subscribers of mobile operators holding the Class I license but now has been made available to subscribers of all telecom service providers, including mobile resellers.
In 2012, all technical constraints regarding fixed number portability were resolved and Fixed Number Portability (FNP) was made available to business subscribers using Primary Rate Interface (PRI). Our fixed line operators, Omantel and Nawras, now offer this service to interested business subscribers.
With regards to the availability of the FNP option for toll-free and premium numbers this is still in the testing phase between the operators and will be offered to business customers following the successful completion of the testing phase, anticipated in 2013.