Philippines’ MNP kicks off on 2 July

19 Jun 2019

The Philippines will launch its mobile number portability (MNP) scheme on 2 July 2019, allowing users to – for the first time – keep their mobile number when switching between de facto duopoly PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom, and the new third telco in waiting, Mindanao Islamic Telephone Company (Mislatel). Local press confirmed that on 11 June, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) issued new rules for the Mobile Number Portability Act (Republic Act No. 11202), which is designed to promote competition in the market. The NTC confirmed yesterday (18 June) that the rules, which cover pre-paid and post-paid users, go live on 2 July. The guidelines clarify that end users will not be charged for porting their number, and also include what some see as a contentious provision that removes all interconnection fees for local calls and text messaging. MNP applications should be processed within 48 hours, the rules state.