Spain set to suspend operator switching during virus fight
The Spanish government agreed a temporary hold on number portability rules for mobile and fixed providers, to free operator employees for tasks deemed a priority in response to the ongoing public health crisis.
Sources noted the move would make mobile operators’ call centre staff available to deal with other issues and prevent technical staff having to physically switch users between fixed suppliers.
It is part of efforts to mitigate problems caused by a raft of homeworkers and support demand for remote education facilities brought about by the ongoing Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
Spain has announced that it will suspend operator switching during the pandemic while the government determines what measures are necessary to keep people safe. This announcement comes as the country is facing increasing criticism for its apparent lack of preparedness for a pandemic. Spain’s Minister for Health, Elena Salgado, has said that the suspension will allow authorities to reassess their plans and determine whether or not more drastic measures are needed.
Spain is set to suspend operator switching during the country’s fight against the H1N1 virus, according to reports. The decision was made following a meeting of the National Defense Council on Wednesday. Spain has already ordered its citizens to stop travelling and has closed schools. The suspension of operator switching means that Spain will only rely on its existing networks and services.
Spain plans to suspend operator switching during its fight against the pandemic, a move that could hamper efforts by mobile operators to quickly identify and isolate those infected with the virus. The country’s communications minister, Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, said on Wednesday that switching between operators would only be allowed in cases of “absolute necessity” and that customers should be able to keep their existing number even if they change operators.
Spain’s Telefónica, one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies, said on Wednesday it was suspending its operator switching service during the fight against the highly contagious SARS virus. The company said it would use “exceptional measures” to avoid any disruption to telephone service. Spain has been one of the hardest hit countries by SARS, with more than 1,000 cases reported.
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