DICT hopes to begin quantity portability service in 2020

MANILA, Philippines—The Division of Info and Communications Expertise (DICT) hopes to begin implementing the Cell Quantity Portability Act in 2020.

DICT Undersecretary Elise Rio, Jr. mentioned the 18-month interval set by the telecommunications corporations to combine and allow interoperability below one platform can be too lengthy.

“We will talk to the telcos and to the service provider this January so we could shorten the process without compromising privacy, security and safety of the subscribers,” Rio mentioned.

Telecom giants Good, Globe Telecom and new participant Dito Telecommunity have tapped US-based Syniverse as their widespread service supplier to implement cellular quantity portability, which permits subscribers to retain their cellular numbers even when they modify networks.

The quantity portability providers can be operational by the second half of 2021.

Rio, throughout an interview on Radyo Inquirer program “Good Morning Inquirer” acknowledged that thorough testing is critical earlier than the brand new service is rolled out.

“Some mobile numbers are being used for banking and ‘wallet’ purposes. Some numbers are attached to bank accounts, credit cards, online shopping, etc.,” he advised program host Ricky Brosas.

“That is why the third party provided needs to be careful and thorough in implementing the number portability,” he mentioned.

Rio additionally mentioned that that Dito Telecommunity, the brand new community run by businessman Dennis Uy with China Telecommunications, is on observe in the case of delivering its commitments.

“They are given one year to cover 37 percent of the population. In terms of speed, it is now not less than 27 megabit per second. The average with Globe and Smart is around 20 Mbit/s,” he mentioned.

The velocity will probably be 55 Mbits/s within the second 12 months of implementing the cellular quantity portability regulation, Rio mentioned.

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