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Smart Communications, DITO, and Conduct Successful Technical Interoperability Tests

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Philippines major mobile network operators (MNO), DITO Telecommunity, Globe Telecom, and Smart Communications, Inc., have successfully completed the initial tests of their technical capabilities and interoperability.

The initial test is through their joint venture company, Telecommunications Connectivity Inc. (TCI), on July 14, 2021. The joint effort will soon allow customers the option to keep their mobile numbers permanently, even when they change network providers or switch subscriptions.

In light of the ongoing pandemic, the MNOs said the results of these initial technical tests are ‘expected'. After the initial tests were successful, the next steps will be to streamline the external porting process, implement fraud and security safeguards, and optimize systems and backend business operations by September 30, 2021. Before making the service available to all customers, DITO, Globe, and Smart conducted a successful actual porting test.

DITO, Globe, and Smart have worked diligently to meet the July commitment with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to achieve initial technical readiness, before the actual interporting demonstration with the telco regulator, a key milestone in the MNP process.

Republic Act No. 11202, also known as 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. 

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