NTC clarifies Mobile Number Portability service to be available by January 2020

Marje Pelayo   •   June 20, 2019   •   2272

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MANILA, Philippines – The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) clarified ‘erroneous’ reports that the mobile number portability (MNP) service would be in effect starting July 2 this year.

“To clarify, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) would like to inform the pubic that NTC Memorandum Circular No. 03-06-2019 on “Rules and Regulations Implementing Republic Act (RA) No. 11202 Otherwise known as the “Mobile Number Portability Act” will indeed take effect on July 2, 2019, fifteen days after the IRR was published in a newspaper of general circulation,” the advisory read.

“However, the NTC would like to reiterate that the MNP service will be available by January 2020,” it added.

The NTC explained that the law provides telecommunication companies a six-month period from the effectivity of the IRR to implement the MNP to fully comply with its provisions.

PH Telcos asked to suspend mobile services for Trasclacion event in Manila

Robie de Guzman   •   January 8, 2020

The Black Nazarene enters the Quiapo Church after a near 23-hour procession through Manila, Philippines, 10 January 2017. The feast of the Black Nazarene is one of the most celebrated religious events in the predominantly Catholic Philippines, where more than 80 per cent of the population professes the faith. The wooden statue, crowned with thorns and bearing a cross, is believed to have been brought from Mexico to Manila in 1606 by Spanish missionaries. The ship that carried it caught fire, but the charred statue survived and was named the Black Nazarene.

MANILA, Philippines – The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) have asked the two major local telecommunications company to suspend mobile phone services in select areas during the yearly Traslacion in Quiapo being observed by the Catholic community in the country.

In a memorandum, the NCRPO and the NTC directed the Smart Communications Inc. and Globe Telecom to temporarily shut down services starting on January 8 at 11 p.m. until 12 noon on January 10 in select areas.

“In view of the request of Police Brigadier General Debold Sinas, you are hereby directed to temporarily cut off all network services during the celebration of the feast of Black Nazarene 2020 from 11:00 p.m. January 8 to 12:00 noon January 10, 2020,” the memo read.

“There shall be no signal, direct and/or reflected, in the area specified in the order/directive, coming from any cell sites (base stations),” it added.

In compliance to the directive, Smart Communications posted an advisory on Facebook stating areas which will be affected by the temporary network service shutdown.

“In the interest of public safety, upon the instructions of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), we are temporarily shutting down mobile phone services of Smart, TNT, and Sun in Quiapo, Manila along the route of the Black Nazarene Procession starting Wednesday, 08 January 2020,” it said.

“We are also temporarily stopping the operation of some of our cell sites in parts of Pasay, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Makati, Malabon, Caloocan and Quezon City that are near the procession route,” it added.

The company assured its subscribers that services will be restored as soon as it gets a go-signal from the authorities.

Globe Telecom has yet to respond to the memo.

The Traslacion event held every January 9 draws thousands of Catholic devotees to Quiapo, enduring hours of walk for the procession.

More than 13,000 police officers will be deployed to the event to ensure the peaceful and orderly conduct of the procession.

Authorities have also implemented a suspension of permit to carry firearms outside of residence in Manila starting 8 a.m. January 7 until 8 a.m. January 10.

The gun ban covers Quiapo, Sta. Cruz and Binondo areas in Manila.

Only on duty policemen and other members of the law enforcement agencies are allowed to bring their service firearms in the said areas.

Road closures will also be implemented along the Traslacion route.

Classes in schools and work in offices under Manila City government have also been suspended in anticipation of the large volume of Catholic devotees who will participate in the event. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Application for a permanent mobile number is free — NTC guidelines

Marje Pelayo   •   June 18, 2019


MANILA, Philippines — The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has issued the guidelines for the implementation of Republic Act 11202 or the “Mobile Number Portability Act”; the law that allows mobile phone users to maintain a permanent number even when they switch service providers.

Memorandum Circular No. 03062019 outlines the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of law that was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in February this year.

Under the guidelines, mobile users may apply for a permanent number free of charge.

No interconnection charges shall be charged for domestic calls and text messages.

Mobile users who wish to apply for a permanent number should have no outstanding financial obligations with their current network.

Users should have no pending request for transfer of the assigned mobile number and the number should be active for at least 60 days.

Meanwhile, all telecommunication companies will share one mobile number portability service provider (MNPSP) to be chosen by existing service providers within 120 days after the circular takes effect.

All expenses for the software, hardware and other facilities required by the MNPSP will be shared by all telecommunication companies.

Violation of the regulations may cost service providers revocation of their franchise and a fine of up to P1 million.

NTC: Mobile Number ‘Portable’ law to take effect in Q2 of 2019

admin   •   February 20, 2019

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has begun drafting the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the newly-signed Republic Act 11202 or the Mobile Number Portability Act.

The NTC on Wednesday assured to complete and finalize the IRR within 90 days to implement the new law in the second quarter of 2019.

The measure, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on February 8, will allow mobile users to switch networks or subscription plans without changing their numbers.

The law requires the public telecommunications entities to provide all qualified subscribers with nationwide Mobile Number Portability (MNP), along with its information and features completely free of charge. The porting process should also not take more than 48 hours.

The NTC, however, clarified that not all mobile users can be allowed to switch service providers as postpaid subscribers need to settle first any outstanding account with their current network within three (3) days.

“If you avail of a benefit, eh dapat naman aware ka of your responsibility. Hindi naman pwede na you avail of this kasi may benefit. ‘Yung may utang ka dun bayaran mo muna,” NTC Deputy Commissioner Edgardo Barrios said during an media interview on Wednesday.

Barrios added that the new law is meant to encourage healthy competition among mobile service providers in providing consumers with the best overall value that they can offer.

“For one network provider, para ma-retain niya ‘yan, mag-iimprove ‘yan ng serbisyo kasi ayaw niyang lumipat ‘yan eh. ‘Yung isa naman, ia-attract n’ya ‘yung lumipat. So, magpapagandahan ‘yan. Lalo na ‘pag may pangatlo, eh di lalo,” he said.

Under the law, a fine of P10,000 will be imposed against Telcos when portability is not performed within the allowable period; while Telcos refusing to provide MNP even after mediation may risk losing their franchise to operate and pay a fine of P40,000 to P1 million.

Meanwhile, the PLDT Inc. and its mobile arm SMART Communications in a statement expressed support to the law and called on the government and other local telecommunications industry players to work together for its implementation.

“We will support a law that mandates it. There are technical issues to implementation. So government and industry must work together to sort these out,” PLDT-SMART said. — Robie de Guzman (with reports from Mon Jocson)


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