The GSMA has announced its PathFinder Number Portability Discovery, a GSMA-managed service that would be operated by Neustar.
The service which currently encompasses 2.2 billion telephone numbers that are impacted by number portability worldwide is implemented in over 52 countries globally, with China and India expected to launch by the end of 2010, while the service would aggregate numbering plan data from virtually every country in the world, including those with high number portability penetration.
PathFinder created by the GSMA would provide an interoperable service that enables the routing of global IP service interconnect traffic while making use of its extensive number portability database, which provides access to all national numbering plans and number portability information, where available, throughout the world.
Building on the PathFinder carrier ENUM platform, the service would enable carriers, service providers and hubs to improve voice, SMS and MMS commercial/technical performance in the presence of number portability challenges, while providing a convenient upgrade path to IP services that require number portability correction through carrier ENUM based number resolution techniques.
Customers who subscribe to port corrected data from the PathFinder Number Portability Discovery service can incorporate service delivery data, provisioned for the destination networks.
The certified Pathfinder partners include Pulse Networks, Veraz Networks and TransNexus to enable access to IP-based ENUM services from both networks and C7 legacy networks.