GSMA Launches World’s Most Extensive International Number Portability Registry Service

PathFinder Number Portability Discovery service offers widest global coverage of portability data; Neustar selected to operate database

The GSMA today announced the launch of PathFinder Number Portability Discovery, a GSMA-managed service that will be operated by Neustar, Inc. Designed as a state-of-the-art solution for global number portability, the new service encompasses 2.2 billion telephone numbers that are impacted by number portability worldwide, a figure which is expected to rise rapidly. Number Portability is currently implemented in over 52 countries globally, with many more, including China and India, expected to launch by the end of 2010. The service will also aggregate numbering plan data from virtually every country in the world, including those with high number portability penetration.

“The GSMA’s PathFinder Number Portability Discovery service provides critical numbering plan and number portability information that dynamically enables service providers to identify the true destination network for accurate routing,” said Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer at the GSMA. “The service will help eliminate incremental fees, reduce costs, optimise rates in commercial agreements, improve traffic delivery and pave the way for new feature-rich IP-based services. With their leading credentials in Number Portability, we are pleased to extend our relationship with Neustar, who will operate the service.”

PathFinder was created by the GSMA to provide an interoperable, industry-wide solution that enables the routing of global IP service interconnect traffic. The new Number Portability Discovery service will make use of PathFinder’s extensive number portability database, which provides access to all national numbering plans and number portability information, where available, throughout the world. With adaptable and extensible interfaces, the service can rapidly incorporate new number portability data for countries coming on line or that plan to implement number portability in the future.

“We are delighted to be managing the Number Portability Discovery service and to continue to work with the GSMA to evolve the PathFinder platform. Numbering plans and number portability data are a constantly moving target for both telecommunications providers and other industry verticals that are looking to deliver new mobile IP services to their customers,” said Steve Edwards, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Neustar’s Converged Addressing Services business unit. “This new service will greatly alleviate a growing complexity for the industry by providing a single standardised data interface and business arrangement for accessing data regardless of traffic corridors.”

Building on the innovation and extensibility of the PathFinder Carrier ENUM platform, the service makes it simple for carriers, service providers and hubs to improve their voice, SMS and MMS commercial/technical performance in the presence of number portability challenges, while providing a convenient upgrade path to next generation IP services that require number portability correction through Carrier ENUM based number resolution techniques. Customers who subscribe to industry port corrected data from the PathFinder Number Portability Discovery service can seamlessly incorporate richer service delivery data, provisioned for the destination networks.

Furthermore, Pulse Networks, Veraz Networks and TransNexus have been certified as PathFinder Partners to enable access to IP-based ENUM services from both next generation networks and C7 legacy networks. The GSMA’s PathFinder Industry Partner Programme ensures that network and software vendors around the globe have an industry vehicle with which to verify interoperability for ENUM-based routing. The programme lowers the barrier to adoption for service providers by ensuring that equipment vendors are Carrier ENUM-ready as current and future IP services gain
momentum.

About the GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of the worldwide mobile communications industry. Spanning 219 countries and territories, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators, as well as more than 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers, Internet companies, and media and entertainment organisations. The GSMA is focused on innovating, incubating and creating new opportunities for its membership, all with the end goal of driving the growth of the mobile communications industry. For more information, please visit: http://www.gsmworld.com/.

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