Subscribers may begin applying in January next year to keep their mobile phone numbers even after they have switched network providers.
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said the local telcos were given six months to comply from the effectivity of the National Telecommunication Commission’s (NTC) implementing rules and regulations of the Mobile Number Portability Act on July 2.
“I think that would be the start for telcos because they have to build the platform and software. They were asking for six months and that is reasonable of course. How can you transfer a number to another provider if their platform is not ready?” DICT acting secretary Eliseo Rio Jr. told reporters on Wednesday, June 19.
“Now that the rules are set, they must now build software for that,” he added.
Rio expects telco firms to further improve their services once the mobile number portability is fully implemented.
The NTC has recently released Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 03-06-2019 which sets the rules and regulations for Republic Act No. 11202 otherwise known as the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) Act which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last February.
“The MC promotes easy and expedient mobile phone/device usage by allowing the convenient transfer of a mobile postpaid or prepaid subscriber from one service provider to another, or change the type of subscription from postpaid to prepaid or vice-versa, without changing the subscriber’s mobile number,” the NTC said in its statement.
No fees and charges shall be collected from the applicants for mobile number portability. Furthermore, no interconnection fee or charge shall be imposed by any mobile service providers for domestic calls and SMS made by a subscriber.
Major telco firms PLDT and Globe Telecom assured that they will comply with the rules on mobile number portability. — Aerol John Pateña (PNA)