Ports_Port In: Terminology

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  • OSP stands for Old Service Provider, and is the carrier from which the customer wants to port their number onto our network.

SPID stands for Service Profile Identifier, and is very important for a porting process. All port requests go through the parent carriers of the smaller carriers, and this number helps to identify the parent to which the port request is being sent. When a port request is submitted on the Super LTE SIM, we can see the SPID in the “Details” box on the left side, under “Other service provider”. Every parent carrier has an entirely unique SPID number, and this number can be used to identify the parent carrier of the carrier mentioned by the customer. It is very important for this number to match the SPID of the parent carrier of the customer’s carrier, otherwise there will be no response to the port request. The SPIDs of the major carriers are:

Verizon 6006

T-Mobile 6529

AT&T 6214

Sprint 6664

The SPID of VoIP, wireline carriers are: 979E and 505B

  • NPAC stands for Number Portability Administration Center, which is a collection of 8 regional databases that store information about ported telephone numbers. It is a function of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the United States. It administers the routing of telephone calls and text messages (SMS) for the telecommunications industry and its customers. As such, it facilitates local number portability in the United States and Canada.
  • SOA stands for Service Order Administration, and it is basically a mechanized, automated interface which allows for the service providers to communicate and update the responses during the number transfer process between different carriers.
  • FOC stands for Firm Commitment Order, which is the date that a carrier promises by which a company promises with their client that their number will be released over to the new carrier, and subsequently be ready for activation.
  • PON stands for Port Order Number, and this is the identification number which can be used by carriers to effectively track a particular transfer request for a particular number from one carrier to another.
  • LNP stands for Local Number Portability, and it refers to the ability of a local carrier to do any of the following:

Reassign the number to another carrier entirely, known as the “Service Provider Portability”

Move the number to a different location, known as the “Geographic Portability”

Change the type of service for the number, known as the “Service Portability”

  • LSR stands for Local Service Request, and this is the industry name for the order in which carriers submit to each other the port order of a single or multiple lines.

What is PIC Freeze?

A PIC Freeze (Primary InterExchange Carrier Freeze) is an option with the LEC (local phone company) to block the telephone line(s) from being switched to another carrier without customer's prior authorization.
How does it work?
We will be able to see "T" in the provider response type if the customer's line is on freeze.
What to do if the customers have a PIC Freeze and wanna change carriers?
If the customer's line is blocked by a PIC Freeze and customer wants to bring the line number to US Mobile, ask the customer to contact their local phone company (OSP) and get the Freeze removed. Once the freeze has been removed, we can activate the port from our end.

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