The TCI was expecting about one million subscribers to avail of its mobile number porting services.
The Telecommunications Connectivity Inc (TCI) was expecting about one million subscribers to avail of its mobile number porting services at the initial stage of the implementation of Republic Act No. 11202 or the “Mobile Number Portability Act” on September 30, 2021.
“Initially, we’re projecting a million. But in other countries we see about 30% of the subscribers porting out, so we will prepare for it. We’re setting it at about a million at the initial stage,” TCI General Manager Melanie Manuel said at a virtual press briefing.
TCI was the joint venture company set up by DITO Telecommunity, Smart Communications, and Globe Telecom in order to facilitate mobile number portability service.
GMA News Online reported that TCI was incorporated last January 2020 in compliance with the Republic Act No. 11202 or the “Mobile Number Portability Act”. These telcos invested about PHP 120 million in order to set up the interoperability for the porting in and porting out service.
Also, the telcos tapped Syniverse Technology as the mobile number portability service provider.
The law allowed mobile phone users to keep their mobile numbers even when they transferred to another service provider or when they switched their subscription from postpaid to prepaid (or vice-versa).
President Rodrigo Duterte signed the law last February 2019, which allowed mobile network subscribers to retain their mobile numbers for life despite switching subscription plans or between telecommunication service providers.
All public telecommunications companies were mandated to provide prepaid and postpaid subscribers the option to keep their mobile phone numbers free of charge. However, the option was allowed only if the subscriber had no financial obligation that must be settled with the original service provider — also called the donor provider.
Public telecommunications companies that violated the provisions of the law may face fines ranging from PHP 10,000 up to PHP 1 million as well as cancellation of the operating franchise. Also, a subscriber can receive damages but not exceeding PHP 40,000.
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