Are you tired of changing mobile numbers every-time you switch network? Are you ready to have one mobile number only regardless if you change network (Smart, Globe and Dito)?
Smart Communications announced on Friday that Smart, Globe, and DITO have completed their initial testing of its technological capabilities and compatibility in readiness for the adoption of the Mobile Number Portability Act.
The Mobile Number Portability Act, also known as Republic Act No. 11202, assures that mobile phone users can keep their numbers even if they switch service providers or switch their subscription from postpaid to prepaid, or vice versa.
PLDT Inc.’s mobile unit Smart Communications, Ayala-led Globe Telecom Inc., and third telco player DITO Telecommunity Corp. completed initial tests on July 14, for their technical capabilities to run the clearing for mobile number portability through their joint venture firm Telecommunications Connectivity Inc. (TCI).
“We are working doubly hard with our counterparts from Globe and DITO to comply with the requirements,” Smart Senior Vice President and Head of Consumer Wireless Business Jane J. Basas said in a statement.
When is the start of the Mobile Portability Act?
The rollout of the mobile portability act will start on September 30, 2021, according to NTC.
As per the announcement, the tests will allow the telcos to address any lingering issues before making the service available to the general public. The next stage will be to shorten the external porting process, introduce fraud and security measures, and enhance backend business processes in time for a smoother and faster-porting experience for customers by Sept. 30, 2021.
Before the actual interporting demonstration with the telecom regulator, a major milestone in the MNP process, DITO, Globe, and Smart worked aggressively to meet the July commitment with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to establish initial technical preparedness.
To quote from Atty. Adel Tamano, DITO Chief Administrative Officer.
“As the newest player in the industry, we truly are excited to provide this service to Filipinos wherever they may be. When we entered the industry, it really was to encourage competition and innovation. With the Mobile Number Portability Act, we have broken down barriers and have given the Filipinos the power of convenience to finally switch to their preferred service provider”
To quote from Globe Chief Commercial Officer Issa Guevarra-Cabreira
“The initial tests gave us a clearer view of the customer experience when they avail of the MNP, including the experience of customers as they interport to Globe numbers from other networks and vice versa. We learned a lot in the process and we will apply them to make the transition easy and seamless for our customers once the MNP becomes available to all”
The telcos “worked carefully” to satisfy their July pledge to the NTC to establish basic technical readiness before the regulator’s actual inter-porting test.
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