Come April Kiwis will have ported 800,000 phone numbers from one telco to another, according to the New Zealand Telecommunication Forum.
Porting – which allows users to take their existing numbers to a new service provider – reaches its fifth birthday on April 1.
And the TCF says by next month 800,000 phone numbers will have been ported by New Zealand customers – 300,000 landlines and 500,000 mobiles.
When number portability went “live” in 2007, there were eight participants using the TCF-managed porting system, which has now grown to 24 service providers.
Correspondingly, growth in porting now sees almost 13,000 mobile numbers ported every month, compared with just 3,000 a month during the first year the scheme operated. About 150,000 mobile numbers have been ported over the last year.
“At some point, we may see a levelling off in recorded porting activity as we reach a natural equilibrium with ported and non-ported numbers,” TCF chief executive David Stone said.
“But for now, we have our eyes set on the one million mark and, at this rate, that’s not too far off.”