The country’s major mobile operators PLDT, Globe and new player DITO Telecommunity have tapped Syniverse to enable number porting services in the country.
Syniverse will bring in the technical infrastructure to fulfill its primary function as clearinghouse for the telcos and ensuring smooth implementation of number porting services.
Under the implementing rules and regulations of the Mobile Number Portability Act, mobile operators will equally share the capital expenditure for the software, hardware and other facilities required by the MNP service provider.
Based on experience in other countries where customers are charged for porting fees, the average period for completing the implementation of MNP is 27 months from the regulator’s issuance of the lRR.
For the Philippine market, Syniverse estimates the period of integration and interoperability to be no later than ’18 months from setting up of the support mechanism.
MNP allows mobile phone users to keep their numbers even when they transfer to another service provider or when then switch their subscription from postpaid to prepaid.