The GSMA today (Oct. 1) announced the launch of PathFinder Number Portability Discovery, a GSMA-managed service that will be operated by Neustar, Inc. Designed as a solution for global number portability, the new service encompasses 2.2 billion telephone numbers that are impacted by number portability worldwide, says GSMA.
Number Portability is currently implemented in over 52 countries globally, with more, including China and India, expected to launch by the end of 2010. GSMA informs the service will also aggregate numbering plan data from virtually every country in the world, including those with high number portability penetration.
PathFinder was created by the GSMA to provide an interoperable, industry-wide solution that enables the routing of global IP service interconnect traffic. The new Number Portability Discovery service, according to GSMA, will make use of PathFinder’s number portability database, which provides access to all national numbering plans and number portability information, where available, throughout the world.
The service can incorporate new number portability data for countries coming on line or that plan to implement number portability in the future.
GSMA represents worldwide mobile communications industry spanning 219 countries with nearly 800 mobile operators.