Number Porting – Where your number docks once you port.
GNP (Geographic number portability) is arguably the second most significant step in creating a truly competitive telephony landscape in South Africa next to deregulation of the industry itself. GNP encourages: reduced pricing, improved service level agreements and innovations in technology. This is because GNP allows you take your number with you to the operator of your choice. But does it really?
Despite the seemingly large amount of companies offering to port your number, ultimately your number may only reside with a registered active Geographic Number Porting participant.Currently, there are only 25 active registered GNP participants.
Said operators have successfully met the various stringent requirements of the Number Portability Company (NPC). The NPC is an independent company established for the sole purpose of controlling mobile and geographic number porting in South Africa in accordance with the Telecommunications Act of 2000.
In alphabetical order, these upstream providers includes but are not limited to:
- Cell C (Pty) Ltd
- Frogfoot Networks
- Internet Solutions
- MTN Business Solutions
- Multisource Telecoms
- Nashua Communications (Formerly ECN)
- Otel Telecoms (Pty) Ltd
- Skycall Networks (Pty) Ltd, a Division of Telemasters Holdings Ltd
- Switch Telecom
- Telfree Communications (PTY) Ltd
- Telkom SA
- Virtual Card Acquiring
- Vox Telecom
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Your provider should make sure your geographic move is registered with the Number Portability Company before you port.
If you would like to see who the current owner of your number is, visit the following site www.porting.co.za/PublicWebsite.
More information about Number Porting:
- Geographic Number Porting from Start to Finish
- How Geographic Number Porting is Managed
- What is Geographic Number Porting?
- Every day questions about Number Porting answered