China to ramp up MNP efforts

17 Jun 2015

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has come closer to achieving its targets for mobile number portability (MNP) during trials in Hainan province, and is set to accelerate the rollout of the service, news portal C114 writes, citing People’s Post and Telecommunications News. Hainan was selected as the testing ground for MNP earlier this year, the region having played host to previous tests programmes. The MIIT is targeting a porting success rate of at least 70% in H1 2015 before it expands the trial to other regions, and is reporting a success rate of 63% so far.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, China’s previous attempts to introduce MNP have suffered from low rates of successful ports. During a trial in Hainan and Tianjin in June 2011, the China Academy of Telecommunications Research (CATR), a division of the MIIT, reported that of some 500,000 porting requests only 50,000 were completed.