Local number portability

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Local number portability (LNP) for fixed lines, and full mobile number portability (FMNP) for mobile phone lines, refers to the ability of a "customer of record" of an existing fixed-line or mobile telephone number assigned by a local exchange carrier (LEC) to reassign the number to another carrier ("service provider portability"), move it to another location ("geographic portability"), or change the type of service ("service portability").wikipedia
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Signalling System No. 7

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Providers use SS7 to route calls throughout the US/Canada network.
It also performs number translation, local number portability, prepaid billing, Short Message Service (SMS), and other mass market services.

Telephone numbering plan

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Canada, South Africa and the United States are the only countries that offer full number portability transfers between both fixed lines and mobile phone lines, because mobile and fixed line numbers are mixed in the same area codes, and are billed identically for the calling party, the mobile user usually pays for incoming calls and texts; in other countries all mobile numbers are placed in higher priced mobile-dedicated area codes and the originator of the call to the mobile phone pays for the call.
The strict correlation of a telephone to a geographical area has been broken by technical advances, such as local number portability and Voice over IP service.

Location Routing Number

The routing information necessary to complete these calls is known as a Location Routing Number (LRN).
The assignment of a location routing number to telephone numbers allows for local number portability.

Telephone number

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Local number portability (LNP) for fixed lines, and full mobile number portability (FMNP) for mobile phone lines, refers to the ability of a "customer of record" of an existing fixed-line or mobile telephone number assigned by a local exchange carrier (LEC) to reassign the number to another carrier ("service provider portability"), move it to another location ("geographic portability"), or change the type of service ("service portability").
Local number portability (LNP) allows a subscriber to request moving an existing telephone number to another telephone service provider.

North American Numbering Plan

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(The regulations are currently located at, et seq.) The North American Numbering Council (NANC) was directed to select the Local Number Portability Administrators (LNPAs), akin to the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA) which administers the North American Numbering Plan.
Number pooling was implemented with another technical obstacle, local number portability.

Number Portability Administration Center

LNP was first implemented in the U.S. upon the establishment of the original Number Portability Administration Center (NPAC) in Chicago, Illinois in 1998.
As such, it facilitates local number portability in the United States and Canada.

Local exchange carrier

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Local number portability (LNP) for fixed lines, and full mobile number portability (FMNP) for mobile phone lines, refers to the ability of a "customer of record" of an existing fixed-line or mobile telephone number assigned by a local exchange carrier (LEC) to reassign the number to another carrier ("service provider portability"), move it to another location ("geographic portability"), or change the type of service ("service portability").
Number portability – The duty to provide, to the extent technically feasible, number portability in accordance with requirements prescribed by the Commission.

Voice over IP

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The same is not true of mobile telephones, which are fully portable to another carrier or another service type (such as landline or voice over IP) within the same local interconnection region.
Local number portability (LNP) and mobile number portability (MNP) also impact VoIP business.

Mobile number portability

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The same is not true of mobile telephones, which are fully portable to another carrier or another service type (such as landline or voice over IP) within the same local interconnection region. In the rest of the world it is referred to as mobile number portability (MNP).
Local number portability

Area code 600

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Numbers in the rarely used non-geographic area code 600 are not portable.
Each block of 10000 numbers is assigned to one carrier only; there is no number portability or number pooling in +1-600.

Local access and transport area

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The same is not true of mobile telephones, which are fully portable to another carrier or another service type (such as landline or voice over IP) within the same local interconnection region.
Canada does define local interconnection regions (LIR's), which determine where points of interconnection (POI) must be provided by competing local exchange and mobile carriers to provide local number portability.

Local-loop unbundling

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The sole of them operating statewide—Telefónica—is obliged to provide other firms with access to their exchange facilities or rental/transfer of their copper last-mile loops, at fees regulated by the CMT (practice known as local loop unbundling).
Local number portability

Porting Authorisation Code

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In the United Kingdom, Ofcom directs fixed-line telephone network providers, mobile phone providers and broadband service providers to provide number portability under the Porting Authorisation Code rules and Migration Authorisation Code code of practice respectively.
Local number portability

Area code 406

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As of 2013, there were 1.7 million lines served by 47 carriers; all but two wireline providers support local number portability (the exceptions are small rural independents Hot Springs Telephone Company and Northern Telephone Cooperative).

Area codes 416, 647, and 437

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Local numbers are portable, with few limited exceptions for specific services such as pocket pagers.

Telephone numbers in the Netherlands

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However, a telephone number from a block allocated to a certain provider may no longer be serviced by the original assignee due to number portability; subscribers who switch providers can take their number with them.

Toll-free number portability

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Similar schemes exist in many countries for local number portability and mobile number portability, although implementation details for each portability scheme varies between countries.

Telephone numbers in Israel

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According to the Israel Ministry of Communication a VoIP number may be ported to a landline carrier and vice versa providing the option to have, say, a northern number in the south of the country.

Caller ID

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(these vary based on which company owns the block of numbers, not the provider to which a number may have been ported).

Rate center

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A telephone number prefix (1+6 digits) normally suffices to uniquely identify a rate center; if number pooling and local number portability were not in use, it would also uniquely identify a wire center.

Flowroute

Flowroute's services include SIP trunking, local DIDs and toll-free numbers, outbound termination, and network services such as E911, CNAM Lookup, CNAM Storage, and local number portability.

86th Street (Manhattan)

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Local number portability in the early 21st century allowed transferring phone numbers to either side.

EVoice

Local telephone assigned by eVoice are not portable to another provider, despite FCC policy that clients of interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers are entitled to keep an existing phone number.

Vodafone New Zealand

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However Number portability was introduced to the New Zealand market on 2 April 2007 which means that customers can bring, for example, their 021 prefixed number to Spark or 2degrees.

Intelligent Network

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Local number portability