Local Number Portability (LNP), or Mobile Number Portability (MNP), enables end users to keep their phone number when switching service providers. Mandated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) through the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the act was designed to increase competition among Service Providers, stimulate demand for telecommunications services, and encourage technology innovation. Today, nearly everyone in the U.S. can port their phone number.
The Number Portability Administration Center (NPAC) supports the implementation of Local Number Portability and is the system used to facilitate number porting in the United States. Comprised of seven regional systems across the U.S., the NPAC manages the number portability processes telecom Service Providers in the United States, including wireline, wireless, and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
On August 8, 2016 iconectiv and the North American Portability Management LLC, (NAPM) signed the Master Services Agreements (MSA) for each of the seven U.S. Number Portability Administration Center (NPAC) regions, officially establishing iconectiv as the next Local Number Portability Administrator (LNPA) in all U.S. regions. iconectiv continues to work with the industry, regulators, and Neustar, the incumbent administrator, to ensure a smooth transition.
At iconectiv, we envision a world without boundaries, where the ability to access and exchange information is simple, secure and seamless. As the authoritative partner of the communications industry for more than 30 years, our market-leading solutions enable the interconnection of networks, devices, and applications for more than one billion people every day. Working closely with private, government and non-governmental organizations, iconectiv has intimate knowledge of the intricacies and complexities of creating, operating, and securing the telecommunications infrastructure for service providers, regulators, enterprises and content providers. iconectiv provides network and operations management, numbering, registry, fraud and revenue assurance and messaging solutions to more than 1,000 customers globally.
As the world continues to change in ways we cannot even begin to imagine, we know that one thing will never change -- the need to stay connected. The world of tomorrow is counting on us, and we are delivering. A US-based company, Telcordia Technologies, does business as iconectiv. For more information visit www.iconectiv.com.