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Precision in Portability: Velocity Navigates the Mobile Switching Maze

Patricia Bonanni

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Being stuck with the same Telecom Service Provider has always been an impediment to healthy competition between the mobile operators. In the past subscribers were discouraged from switching their service because they had to give up their number. So, even if other mobile operators offered cheaper services, people mostly stayed with their current provider.

Then came Mobile Number Portability, a technology that offered the possibility to a subscriber to switch the service provider but retain the phone number. First introduced in 1997 in Singapore, then in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and the Netherlands, it is now widely implemented in varying ways across the globe.

Whilst this service is great for consumers it causes headaches for companies sending large amounts of SMS and Voice calls because they may not know where to route the traffic correctly to which network if the number is ported.

At TMT we have a solution to this. Our Velocity service identifies the current network provider for any number anywhere in the world. Our support teams have integrated a full number range plan, mapping all allocated and available number ranges to operators. Therefore, even if a number is not in our portability database (because it has not been ported yet), we can return the correct routing information.

Our customers use our service hundreds of millions of times every day, billions of times every month. They use TMT because they know we help them reduce costs, provide a superfast response time and improve their delivery success rate.

At present the most popular countries for this service from us are India, Japan, France Brazil and the United Kingdom and we are introducing new countries with Number Portability all the time. We have recently introduced China, Faroe Islands, Uzbekistan and are due to go live with Ireland and Philippines soon migrating them to MNP data sources.

TMT has truly global coverage, having access to porting information for the countries where the portability services have been enabled. Our data is from authoritative sources such as regulators and Mobile Network Operators, updated at least once a day to ensure our customers get the most accurate porting information.

Last updated on March 22, 2024

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What Our Customers Are Saying

"BTS (Business Telecommunications Services) is successfully using TMT’s Velocity and Live services to check the status of mobile numbers. This way we make sure we optimize the performance of the service offered to our customers and ensure the quality of terminating traffic to all countries.”

Business Telecommunications Services

"TMT is a valued partner that enables us to manage our routing costs effectively. They proactively and continuously expand their operator and country coverage while delivering exceptional customer service. We can always count on them to achieve high-quality results and look forward to our continued collaboration."

Global Message Service

"TMT provides us with the most comprehensive numbering intelligence data through their fast and reliable Velocity and Live services. TMT is a trusted partner for us, their products ensure that we continue to optimise the best performance and service to our customers."

Global Voice

"TeleShield from TMT gives 42com the power to detect and target telephony fraud scams internationally, thereby protecting our company from the financial and customer experience impacts of telecommunications fraud."

Alberto Grunstein - CEO

"It has been a pleasure to work with the team at TMT. They have become an essential provider of accurate numbering data information and Number Portability services globally."

Luisa Sanchez - VP of SMS and Messaging Solutions, Identidad Technologies

"Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier uses TMT ID as one of their key suppliers for Mobile Number Portability Data services. Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier uses TMT ID’s Velocity MNP solution. This is an ultra-fast query service that optimises the routing of international voice calls and A2P messaging."

Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier

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