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January 1970

The first MNP user moves to Telenor Pakistan

Islamabad, March 28, 2007: Telenor Pakistan has announced that the company is the first in the industry to have a customer ported in as a result of Mobile Number Portability.

Syed Mehar Masood-ul-Haq made history today by becoming the first individual to change operators as a result of MNP. Mr. Masood-ul-Haq changed his service from Mobilink to Telenor Pakistan. This movement from one operator to another was only made possible due to the recent successful launch of Mobile Number Portability on March 23rd, 2007.

Commenting on the move, the CEO Telenor Pakistan Tore Johnsen said, We are happy to be the first operator to have a customer port in after MNP. MNP is significant because it makes it possible for the customers to change operators without changing their mobile numbers. It is great to know that customers have started exercising their right and that the first one to have done so has chosen Telenor Pakistan as his operator of choice. We will try our best to serve him and all the customers who come to us.

Dr. Arshad Siddiqi, CEO Pakistan MNP Database (Guarantee) Limited also confirmed that the first number ported as a result of Mobile Number Portability is to Telenor Pakistan. He called the porting a historic event in the history of telecommunication in Pakistan. What must be exciting for Telenor Pakistan is the fact that this stands as the first porting in the region since Pakistan is the first country to have the MNP service in the region, Dr. Arshad Siddiqi said.

Pakistan MNP Database (Guarantee) Limited (PMD) is the body set up by the local telecom regulator, Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA), with the specific purpose of facilitating the implementation of MNP.

Mobile Number Portability (MNP) is the service that offers mobile customers the ability to move from their current network operator to another operator and still keep their complete mobile number, including the 4-digit code. In order to apply for number portability, a customer needs to present a completed application form, a written request on company letterhead (for corporate customers), CNIC Copy & the actual SIM. It takes approximately 4 working days to port a number, provided there are no obligations/liabilities on the existing cellular network.

The Telenor group is an international provider of high quality telecommunications, data and media communications services. Telenor ranks as one of the biggest GSM service providers in the world with over 115 million subscribers. Telenor Pakistan is 100% owned by Telenor ASA and adds on to its operations in Asia together with Thailand, Malaysia and Bangladesh.

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