Argentina extends mobile number portability service contract

APA, a subsidiary of Telcordia Technologies dba iconectiv, has announced a two-year extension for its data administration contract for mobile number portability (MNP) in the Republic of Argentina, the company said.

Argentinian subscribers will continue to easily transfer their existing mobile number from one service provider to another with APA serving as a neutral verifier during the number process. The iconectiv subsidiary, APA, was first selected and awarded the contract in 2011 on behalf of the four service providers known collectively as the Regulatory Authority and was assigned administrator of portability data and verifier of numbering transactions.

From the beginning of the implementation of the number portability service in Argentina, there has been a steady increase in porting rates and overall market growth. Argentina is now the third-largest mobile market in Latin America with 61m mobile connections.

The country´s mobile market now has 90% unique subscribers, higher than Europe (85%) and the US (80%). In 2015, Argentina´s mobile sector contributed over USD 21bn USD in value-added terms equivalent to about 3.7% of the country´s total GDP.1

In addition to Argentina, number portability solutions from iconectiv and its subsidiaries have been implemented in 18 countries worldwide, including the US, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Brazil, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Pakistan, Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Nigeria, Tunisia and South Africa.

Telcordia Technologies, Inc., doing business as iconectiv, Inc., develops solutions that enables operators to interconnect networks, devices, and applications. It offers Number Portability Clearinghouse, a number repository for porting numbers between operators; Number Portability Gateway, an operator-based control point for mobile/fixed line operators; North American Number Portability Gateway that automates flowthrough for virtual phone number porting; Number Management System, an application for storing, accessing, and administering number resources/information; and number portability planning/advisory, numbering advisory, and seminar services. It also provides Device Registry, a centralized mobile device registry that prevents mobile theft; and Device Registry Gateway that allows integration with centralized device information registry to give mobile operators and law enforcement access to the data/analytics to detect mobile crime.

The company was formerly known as Bell Communications Research, Inc. and changed its name to Telcordia Technologies, Inc. in March 1999. It was founded in 1983 and is based in Piscataway, New Jersey with locations worldwide. Telcordia Technologies, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ).