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NTC issues IRR on permanent mobile numbers, to take effect on July 2

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National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) issued IRR (implementing rules and regulations) on "Mobile Number Portability Act" or the lifetime mobile phone numbers.
NTC issues IRR on permanent mobile numbers, to take effect on July 2
Lifetime mobile phone numbers starting July 2

Mobile Number Portability Act IRR

In particular, NTC has issued Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 03-06-2019 on the Rules and Regulations Implementing Republic Act (RA) No. 11202, the Mobile Number Portability Act.

NTC is mandated to implement nationwide the mobile number portability (MNP) law and issue the rules and regulation for the law.

Based on GMA Network's report, subscribers of mobile telecommunications networks can have their phone numbers processed permanently for life regardless of the subscription or carrier starting July 2, 2019.

It will allow Filipinos to only have one mobile number that they can still use even if they switched to another service provider and vice-versa. The law is applicable for both postpaid and prepaid subscribers.

To be qualified for the MNP law, the subscriber must observe the mechanics below:

1. No outstanding financial obligation with the donor provider 
2. the mobile number used in a device is not locked to any mobile service provider
3. 60 calendar days must have lapsed from the date of activation of the ported number
4. No pending request for transfer of assignment of the mobile number
5. No order from a court of law stopping the mobile number porting
6. Not blacklisted by a service provider due to previous fraudulent activities

In a statement, both PLDT and Globe said that they will comply with  NTC's implementing rules and regulations on Mobile Number Portability.

Our team is working closely with the government and other telcos to put in place systems for the new law’s smooth implementation, Globe said in a separate statement.

PLDT-Smart Public Affairs head Ramon Isberto said the Pangilinan-led telco supports the Mobile Number Portability and will work with the government and industry partners to properly implement it.

We have, however, expressed our reservations on constitutional grounds regarding the rider provisions in the law, which removes interconnection fees between operators, Isberto said. He did not elaborate.

Based on a circular, the subscriber who intends to avail of the MNP service shall first request from donor provider a nine-digit unique subscriber code (USC) valid for 15 days.

The subscriber shall also submit his/her porting application (PA) indicating therein a valid USC to recipient provider (RP) in person or through a duly authorized representation, or online, or through an SMS via a five-digit access code.

After that, the telco must transmit the clearance to the other company preferred by the subscriber within 24 hours. If the applicant still has an outstanding financial obligation, the application will be rejected.

If the user is cleared, porting process should be completed within 48 hours after a telco receives the application, according to NTC.

NTC also stressed that there are no fees and charges collected from subscribers applying for MNP service.

Source: GMA Network
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