Brunei Darussalam - Last week, 17-18 October, the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry (AITI) hosted the ASEAN member nations delegates to hold a workshop on Mobile Number Portability (MNP) Awareness. ASEAN members include the nations of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam. Most of the ASEAN member nations sent delegates.
The topics and curriculum of the workshops held in Brunei last week were presented by representatives from Solutions For Telecom Ltd., Mr. Roy J. D. Hall III and Mr. Hazim Samour, as well as presentations by delegates from Malaysia and Singapore. The sessions covering the basics of how MNP works with process flow diagrams, interface descriptions, technical requirements for implementation, and overviews of both Central Reference Database (CRDB/NPC) functions and Operator Network Portability Gateway (NPG) functions, Mr. Samour imparted to the delegates the basic working knowledge of what MNP is and how it works.
Sample regulatory policies and perspectives were covered by Mr. Hall, including a discussion of various policies implemented in various jurisdictions and their intended impacts on porting behavior. As a follow up to the regulatory perspectives, Mr. Hall also presented highlights from multiple independent case studies from successful and unsuccessful MNP implementations, including several implementations which were initially viewed as failures and where a reboot and change of policies contributed to a successful re-launch of the service.
The MNP Workshop was hosted by AITI in Brunei Darusssalam as part of the fulfillment of the ASEAN ICT Masterplan for 2020.
Solutions for Telecom Ltd, est. 2009, is a Canadian telecommunications solutions engineering firm that specializes in Number Portability solutions, Mobile Value Added Services platforms, roaming VAS platforms, legacy network transformation, and mobile network core solutions. SFT NP Gateways have a strong focus on transparent and visual process management for error free porting and, where supported by the CRDB, fully automated porting.