Filipinos Can Switch Networks Without Changing Their Number Starting July

Filipinos Can Switch Networks Without Changing Their Number Starting July

The mobile number portability act (MNP) which was signed into law in February 2019 is now in the process is now in its final stages and is likely to be implemented by July. 

The chief administrative officer of Dito Telecommunity Corp. Adel Tamano said that stakeholders are now in the process of finalizing the details of the mobile number portability (MNP) which was signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte in February 2019.

He said in the briefing that they are fixing a few things and by July the ability to retain a mobile number when switching to a different network would already be available for the public.

In a nutshell, the MNP will enable mobile network subscribers to retain their numbers for as long as they want to regardless of what network they will be using and switch to. Its implementing rules and regulations (IRR) mandate that service providers set up a mechanism for this by July 2019.

Florida-headquartered Syniverse Technologies was tapped by local telcos back in 2019 to be the MNP service provider, they will serve as the clearinghouse for the three mobile operators to ensure the smooth implementation of number porting services.

The country’s telcos will equally share the capital expenditure for the software, hardware, and other facilities required by Syniverse. The only expenditure they have yet to agree upon is the operating and maintenance costs.



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