Asia Express - Mobile Communications
China's MIIT to Launch Mobile Number Portability Trial in October 2010
August 20, 2010
China's MIIT (Ministry of Industry and Information Technology) plans to start trial operation of mobile phone number portability service in Tianjin, Shenzhen, and Hainan Province in October 2010, according to China's Nanfang Daily. It is reported that MIIT has completed testing projects in Tianjin, and the ministry plans to announce details and schedules of the commercial trial around August 20, 2010. As per the portability service, mobile phone users are allowed to switch to different telecom operators and enjoy the new services while using their original mobile phone numbers.

The three-year commercial trial of the portability service is projected to be divided into three phases. In the first phase, mobile phone users can change from more competitive telecom operators to less competitive operators. In phase two, 2G service subscribers of one of the three major telecom operators, China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom, are able to switch to other two 2G service providers. During the last phase, 3G subscribers of China Unicom can change to China Telecom's network service and vice versa. However, if China Mobile's 3G subscribers wish to switch to the other two telecom operators, they have to change mobile phone numbers.