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Published on October 24th, 2006 | by Babar Bhatti


Mobile Number Portability

Number portability allows consumers to switch phone providers and still keep their phone number. It started with local number portability and even that took a long time in many developed countries and it was not a very smooth experience for the consumers as they tried to switch companies.

Mobile number portability (MNP) is the big thing now which is changing 
the nature of the competition for mobile industry.

In U.S. only a couple of years ago the mobile phone companies started providing portability of mobile numbers. It takes significant resources to set up the rules and systems to take care of local or mobile number portability. Usually the regulatory agencies mandate number portability by a certain date and the phone companies try to extend these dates. Till now Japan did not have MNP. But this week mobile phone carries in Japan are engaging in fierce competition to take advanatage of the start of the mobile number portability.

Below is an interesting survey result from ACNielsen.
It shows that price is the main factor for switching service.


Pakistan is also about to experience MNP. PTA has been studying MNP and supposedly has asked the providers to provide MNP by 2007. There is a study / paper on PTA website which gives details of their program. The interesting thing about Pakistan is that the area codes of the mobile phones are separate by the provider i.e. 0321 is Warid, 0300 is Mobilink. But how will it work after MNP?

The mobile companies have formed a MNP Consortium which will work through the details of MNP under PTA guidance. For sure MNP will change the market share. Recently Pakistan passed the 40 Million subsriber line. The growth may continue but mobile service providers will have to work hard to retain their customers!

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20 Responses to Mobile Number Portability

  1. Anonymous says:

    pls tel me 03466839…is whare city?

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Regarding warid,Yes they should have, even with some isp u cannot login to their site it give invalid session error. For mnp u can check the faq section for detail.

  4. Anonymous says:

    The Paktel mnp page is below standard and more importantly, it is wrong!

    Regarding the warid link above — their site includes session info and therefore it makes the link invalid. Warid should fix this and provide permanent links.

  5. Anonymous says:

    look at these idiots. they are saying that u can ported in to their network only in 4 hours.
    when i frist asked them the porting procedure they said that it will take minimum of 7 days instead of 4 days!!! are they idiots or they dont know any thing. look at there page.

  6. Anonymous says:

    on this page u can see the Subscription Fee u can say Porting Fee

    for Telenor

    for warid see question no 8

    cannot give the link for other network coz they havnot provided any info on charges but u can ask from them by calling on there no.

    +92-51- 2273984 – 9
    +92-51- 2826999



  7. Anonymous says:

    See Shuja’s comment about charges at the post below – can anyone else confirm this?

  8. Anonymous says:

    Any one know, about charges customer has to bear? other then one time fixed charges?

  9. Anonymous says:

    How MNP work??????

  10. Anonymous says:

    Yes i will gonna port my ufone no to telenor network. Coz it has coverage largest edge/gprs coverage and most of the all it has cheaper rates. Only one thing that was stoping me to change my network, loosing my number. And now it is gone. In my opinion this service should have started earliar but that ghatiya cell company, may b link, had always make hurdles.

  11. Anonymous says:

    tell me is there anybody here that think that he will be using MNP?

  12. Anonymous says:

    Same number with the universal code SAAD :)
    Hey tell me i got that their are 30paisas on incoming call .Its true.But i dont know that these charges willbe for customers or for company.

    however launching on 23march ;)

  13. Anonymous says:

    wat will happen to same numbers from differet network like one have 03001234567 n other have 03211234567???

    wat will be there new number if they imploy universal code???

  14. Anonymous says:

    The important thing that we need to realize is that will this service be a success or a failure? we also need to realize that for an operator to implement MNP it requires so much in terms of man power money matter etc that we cant even realize another important issue is with PTA Is PTA that much techical to handle the centralized database and the most important issue is that porting process requires more than a day and who will wait for a day to get ported in country where most of the the subscriber have more than one sim cards. After implementation of EIR MNP will also be a big flop. I am not against MNP it is just that throught out the world it has been a flop. It is an additional facitilty not more than that

  15. Anonymous says:

    March 23 of 2007 has been announced as the date for MNP launch.

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  17. Anonymous says:

    The confusion about operators unique code i.e 0300, 0321 etc has been clearly explained in 3GPP solution for MNP. Routing numbers are assigned before each operator’s code through which the calls are routed. Therefore, identity of the operator is not defined by the code anymore

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  19. Anonymous says:

    Some updates from Japan on their Mobile Number Portability:

    The FINANCIAL TIMES (10/30) reports that Japan’s new government-mandated regime to shake up the mobile-phone sector was plunged into chaos over the weekend when Softbank said it could not cope with the large number of applications and cancellations for its cellphone services. REUTERS (10/28) report that Softbank had to overhaul its computers after a system crash over the weekend blocked subscribers from switching carriers. KYODO NEWS (10/30) reports that Softbank has apologized to its customers and other cellphone users for having failed to smoothly handle new contracts following the launch of mobile phone number portability.

  20. Anonymous says:

    It been a long time coming hope the mobile networks esp Ufone and Maybelink turn over and play dead as its been these gangsters who have been kicking this concept around from 2002

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