Competition regulator bats for 'mobile number portability'

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 08 2017 06:00 PM

MANILA - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) on Wednesday again pushed for telecommunications companies to allow mobile phone users to keep their contact numbers even when switching telcos. 

The PCC said allowing mobile number portability (MNP) will give mobile users the freedom to switch telcos when they are not satisfied with the service, thus bringing down a barrier that has hampered consumer choice.

"In this age when a person's phone number is considered part of one's identity, changing numbers can sometimes mean lost opportunities, access, or connections. If MNP is in place, a person can retain one's number without having to worry about that," PCC Chairman Arsenio M. Balisacan said in a statement.

PCC said it lobbied for Senate Bill No. 1237 or the Mobile Number Portability Act during a public hearing by the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017.

"MNP will remove a huge obstacle to switching from one service provider to another, perhaps even to a new one, which then opens the telco market to more competition," Balisacan added. 

The MNP scheme has been available in Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, UK and the US.