[VoiceOps] Instant Porting

Paul Timmins paul at timmins.net
Wed Feb 10 12:00:47 EST 2016

My understanding is that the winning carrier submits the subscription, 
issues an electronic WPR 
(https://www.syniverse.com/files/Single_Line_WPR.pdf) - similar to an 
LSR. The losing carrier verifies the WPR's accuracy (TN/PIN/Address/Zip) 
and issues a confirmation and concurrence, and then the winning carrier 
electronically activates in SOA.

Given this is 100% electronic (and all the majors use Syniverse for 
their SOA) it's immediate. Wireless carriers don't really have to worry 
about things like "do they have complex services like DSL, FTTH with 
bundle packaging, etc". They just drop the customer's subscriber 
information out of the switch and send a final bill.


On 02/10/2016 11:50 AM, Mary Lou Carey wrote:
> I really wonder if the big wireless carriers follow the same process 
> that wireline carriers do because the typical wireline process takes 
> more than 5 minutes to complete. The whole process is:
> 1. Issue an LSR order to the losing carrier requesting the port.
> 2. When you get confirmation, submit the port request in NPAC (or a 
> SOA system connected to NPAC)
> 3. Losing carrier confirms the port
> 4. Winning carrier accepts the port
> The greatest portion of time is spent on getting the losing carrier to 
> accept the LSR and give confirmation, so I'm thinking these wireless 
> carriers must have agreements set up between them that allows them to 
> bypass the LSR process and just complete the NPAC work!
> Mary Lou Carey
> BackUP Telecom Consulting
> 615-791-9969
>> On February 10, 2016 at 9:57 AM Nick Olsen <nick at flhsi.com> wrote:
>> Exactly this.
>> I actually ported my personal cell number to Verizon from ATT yesterday.
>> Gave the rep my ATT account number, He 30 seconds later asked me for 
>> the PIN I set on my ATT account. I provided and my number was working 
>> before I hit the door on the way out. Total port time was <5 Min.
>> I questioned the Rep if this was always the case and he said only if 
>> porting from Sprint/ATT/T-Mobile. And that basically any other 
>> carrier (Not including MVNO's of the above) took 3-5 Business days. 
>> Which is about in-line with my current wireline porting.
>> I figure they all exchange so many numbers a day it was in all of 
>> their best interest to work together.
>> Not to mention, By automating the process. They don't have to keep an 
>> entire call center worth of LNP personnel to handle their volume.
>> Nick Olsen
>> Network Operations
>> (855) FLSPEED  x106
>> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
>> *From*: "Alexander Lopez" <alex.lopez at opsys.com>
>> *Sent*: Tuesday, February 09, 2016 6:00 PM
>> *To*: "Alex Balashov" <abalashov at evaristesys.com>, 
>> "voiceops at voiceops.org" <voiceops at voiceops.org>
>> *Subject*: Re: [VoiceOps] Instant Porting
>> I think the incentive is to cooperate because it is a relatively 
>> small group of wireless carriers compared to wireline.
>> The main reason being that they don't want their ports held up, so 
>> they work well with others.
>> Also since there is a small group they could automate the back office 
>> processes between them and submit the request and aknowledgment 
>> quickly and without human interaction.
>> -------- Original message --------
>> From: Alex Balashov <abalashov at evaristesys.com>
>> Date: 2/9/2016 4:32 PM (GMT-05:00)
>> To: voiceops at voiceops.org
>> Subject: Re: [VoiceOps] Instant Porting
>> This does raise, in light of the OP, the question of what economic or
>> political incentive wireless carriers have to cooperate in relatively
>> seamless porting to/from each other.
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