Number portability plays a major role in cellular competition, enabling customers to switch carriers quickly and easily and retain their phone number. The new standards being rolled out in countries around the world obligate telecom providers to embed porting capabilities in their infrastructure. Overcoming challenges like standard coupling, message flow monitoring and overall speed is essential for a successful implementation. The key to success is a number portability gateway (NPG) that manages the entire porting and routing process, supports any routing mode and ensures smooth system synchronization, efficiently and with minimum costs.
BillRun®, leaders in open source software for big data created an NPG that makes it easy for wireline and mobile operators to comply with number portability standards. By streamlining the internal porting operations of each carrier, and integrating them with national regulation processes, including central databases and clearing-houses, BillRun® NPG enables recipient carriers to transmit routing information to the relevant mobile and wireline carriers, ensuring complete and rapid system synchronization. Utilizing open-source AGPL-licensed technology, BillRun® NPG has been successfully integrated by several leading telecom providers such as Pelephone, Golan Telecom and 019 TelZar, handling millions of subscribers and tens of thousands of customers porting each month. The process of managing number portability varies from country to country and BillRun has experience in implementing systems that comply with different portability regulations.