MNP finally goes live in the Philippines

30 Sep 2021

From today (30 September), pre-paid and post-paid mobile users in the Philippines can now hold on to their mobile number when switching service provider, as the Republic Act No. 11202, also known as the Mobile Number Portability Act (MNP Act) comes into force. However, Telecommunications Connectivity Inc. (TCI) – the joint venture company set up by the country’s three mobile operators, PLDT’s Smart Communications, Globe Telecom and DITO Telecommunity in January 2020 to oversee the process – warns that there may be some teething problems or ‘inconveniences’ in the launch phase. TCI general manager Melanie Manuel warned: ‘We do expect to experience some inconveniences as we start offering the service, but we are confident that with the continued cooperation and hard work of our three partner telcos, we can say that finally, forever is here.’ At least a million Filipinos are expected to take advantage of the new MNP regime in the initial phase, Manuel added.