Philippines three major telecommunications companies have completed initial tests of their technical capabilities and interoperability in preparation for the implementation of the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) Act.
The Telecommunications Connectivity Inc, the joint venture of Globe Telecom, DITO Telecommunity, and the PLDT's wireless arm Smart Communications, completed testing on July 14th, said a joint press release.
"By conducting a successful actual porting test, DITO, Globe, and Smart secured initial insights and details on how to address remaining concerns and possible challenges, before making the service available to all customers," they said in a joint statement.
The outcome of the technical tests is "within expectations," the industry players added.
The telcos said the next steps following the initial tests would be to streamline the external porting process, implement fraud and security safeguards, and optimize systems and backend business operations in time for a smoother and faster-porting experience for customers by Sept. 30.
Smart, Globe, and Dito said they have worked diligently to meet the July commitment with the National Telecommunications Commission to achieve initial technical readiness, before the actual interporting demonstration with the telco regulator.
Republic Act 11202, or the Mobile Number Portability Act, ensures that mobile phone users can keep their numbers even when they transfer to another service provider, or when they switch their subscription from postpaid to prepaid, or vice-versa.