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Kuwait sets price ceiling for ISPs, reduces current prices by 40 pct

‘Mobile number portability within 3 months

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 24, (KUNA): Minister of Communications Salem Al-Utheina said on Monday the ministry issued a decision setting a price ceiling for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the country and also reducing current prices by 40 percent.

The minister told reporters, after the inauguration of 2nd Arab Conference on Information Security and Communications which is being hosted by the Central Apparatus for Technology and Information, that the decision was the first of its kind aimed to benefit all service users.

“ISP’s price reduction process will take place first, later other services will witness similar reduction, which will be supervised by the ministry in the near future,” the minister, also Acting Minister of State For Social Affairs and Labour, said, but did not specify what would be the other services.

On another front, in response to the actual execution date of previously announced decision to transfer of mobile phones between telecom companies, Al-Utheina said that the ministry of communications awaited approval of facilitation offices stationed in the already distributed phone services centers, expecting the process to start after three months.

The minister added that Kuwait Investment Authority’s (KIA) National Technology Enterprises Company of Kuwait (NTEC) will be responsible for organizing the transfer of mobile numbers, including collection fees, adding that NTEC will also be the mediator between the three main telecommunication companies and the ministry.

courtesy : arabtimes online

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