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Number Portability Encounters Real Name Registration Issues

People's Posts and Telecommunications News, 6/22/11

Gong Shuangjin, chief scientist at the China Academy of Telecommunication Research (CATR) under China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), recently divulged that number portability trials saw few switchovers because mobile subscribers who did not register with their real name are ineligible. A significant number of subscribers have SIM cards registered in the name of a third-party reseller, while other users are ineligible because they are receiving subsidies from a mobile operator.

Lv Tingjie, assistant to the president of Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), said approximately 50,000 users switched carriers during the first round of trials. Of those who switched in Tianjin, 80% went to China Unicom (NYSE: CHU; 0762.HK; 600050.SH), 10% went to China Mobile (NYSE: CHL; 0941.HK), and 3-5% went to China Telecom (NYSE: CHA; 0728.HK). In Hainan, over 93% went to China Unicom.

Duan Yukui, deputy head of the Tianjin Communications Administration, revealed that number portability was originally scheduled to go nationwide once trials in Tianjin and Hainan ended, but for the present will only be available in those two cities.

Keywords: regulation Lv Tingjie Duan Yukui China Telecom China Mobile China Unicom users wireless number portability BUPT CATR MIIT CHL 0728.HK 0762.HK 0941.HK 600050.SH CHU Tianjin Communications Administration Gong Shuangjin real name system


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