Globe, Smart, DITO launch mobile number portability

MANILA, Philippines – The three major telecommunications providers Globe Telecom, Smart Communications and DITO Telecommunity have come together to offer mobile number portability (MNP) in the Philippines.

Their joint venture Telecommunications Connectivity Inc (TCI), which was officially launched on Thursday, July 22, will allow wireless subscribers to switch service providers without the need to change their mobile numbers come September 30.

Globe, Smart, DITO launch mobile number portability

Such measure, which was established in line with RA 11202 or An Act Requiring Mobile Service Providers to Provide Nationwide Mobile Number Portability to Subscribers, will encourage healthy competition among the three telco giants.

Mobile Number Portability is a complex process not only do we need to adopt it into our system but we need to integrate it with the networks of our competitors. MNP involves close coordination with the other telcos to build the system and how the system will react to provide that good customer service,” Atty. Froilan Castelo, Chairman of Telecommunications Connectivity Inc. and General Counsel of Globe Group of Companies explained.

Atty. Adel Tamano, Treasurer of Telecommunications Connectivity Inc. and Chief Administrative Officer of DITO Telecommunity, said that TCI will allow Filipinos to switch to their preferred mobile service providers in a seamless and convenient way, thus, encouraging healthier competition amongst the players.

Mario Tamayo, President of Telecommunications Connectivity Inc. and SVP and Head of Technology, PLDT and Smart added: “Through mobile number portability, we are empowering our customers to pursue their passions and purpose. Ang DITO, Globe at Smart ay katuwang ng ating gobyerno upang palakasin ang telco industry sa Pilipinas.”

With TCI, mobile phone users must submit a porting application in order to change providers. While a user may retain his or her mobile number despite shifting to another network, the user must inform his or her contacts since networks have specific prefix numbers such as 0917 for Globe, 0918 for Smart and 0991 for DITO. Users need to go to physical stores or offices of their service providers to get new SIM cards.

— Mini, The Summit Express

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