Mobile Phone Operators MTN, Orange and Nexttel Cameroon signed a contract on April 19, 2016 a contract with Chinese company Huawei as part of the implementation of a centralized database for the operation of mobile phone numbers in Cameroon.
Eventually, the project will allow subscribers to retain their phone numbers when changing operators .Previously, it was not possible to take your number over from MTN to Orange if you wanted to change your mobile operator.
Signing the contract with HUAWEI is a culmination expertise work from the 3 mobile companies opeerating in Cameroon . In total, forty meetings working sessions were held between mobile operators and Huawei.
The Director General Controling the telecoms regulatory authority in Cameroono , Jean- Louis Beh Mengue had launched the tender for the supply, installation and operation of a centralized database for managing mobile number portability in Cameroon in 2013,however it was on July 21, 2015 that the tender was published and Huawei was declared winner to execute the contract .
Huawei has become the main partner of Cameroon in terms of development and construction of telecoms infastructure.
In a nutshell the new measure means that by November 2016 shall be able to switch telephone service providers from MTN to Orange or Nextell to MTN, while maintaining their existing phone numbers.