The Number Portability Administration Center (NPAC) supports the implementation of Local Number Portability and is the system used to facilitate number porting in the United States. Comprised of seven regional systems across the U.S., the NPAC manages the number portability processes of all telecom Service Providers in the United States, including wireline, wireless and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
iconectiv has been established as the next Local Number Portability Administrator (LNPA) in all U.S. regions.
LNP stands for Local Number Portability. You may also hear it referred to as number portability or number porting. Mobile number portability (MNP) or wireless number portability (WNP) refer to a type of LNP related to wireless or mobile numbers.
LNP was created as part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to give consumers the choice and convenience of keeping their wireline or wireless telephone number when switching from one service provider to another. Prior to LNP, consumers were required to get a new telephone number every time they switched service providers. Note that for wireline numbers, there are some geographical limitations to the consumer’s ability to porting their number.
For more technical information regarding how LNP works, click here.
iconectiv is the LNPA for the United States. As the LNPA, iconectiv manages seven regional databases that make up the U.S. NPAC.
The NPAC provides critical data that allows for:
In the United States, PortData Validate will be the only authorized data source that companies can use to access accurate and up-to-date phone number porting information for fraud mitigation and risk assessment. PortData Validate can help businesses:
Each year, you will need to renew the service and pay the applicable annual subscription fee. To simplify the process, you will receive the required renewal documentation in advance of the anniversary date of your Service Agreement.
All PortData Validate customers must renew their access to the service directly through iconectiv.
Number porting changes are sent directly to customers via a Restful API. The data will be sent at an interval chosen by the customer. Some may choose to receive it every few hours, others may choose to receive it every few minutes.
All users will be billed annually in advance.
You will receive it via email.
Instructions for Check Remittance or Wire Transfer will be at the bottom of your Invoice.
You can reach the help desk by calling: 844-711-4871 or by emailing PortDataValidate@iconectiv.numberportability.com.
Yes, registration is required. To get started, simply fill out the form on the Get Started page.
PortData Validate is for companies who rely on phone number porting information for fraud mitigation and risk assessment.
Yes, all users – Direct, Reseller and Indirect – must subscribe to the base service and pay the applicable fee. Direct and Indirect customers can also opt to subscribe to the Query service.
There is an annual subscription fee for the PortData Validate Service. Details will be provided upon execution of a Non Disclosure Agreement.
Each step in the Registration process could take one to five business days.
A Reseller may resell to its customers who are Indirect customers of the PortData Validate Service but its customers may not then resell the service or any data from the service to any other entity.
Testing is required for each core service functionality that is subscribed to. For the Notify service, the customer’s ability to load at startup a history file and retrieve a pushed file of ported data from sFTP server are examples of the testing that will occur. For the Query service, the customer’s ability to request online updates for a phone number is another example of the testing that will occur.
You will receive the Interface Specification document along with other detailed information about the services offered after the Non-Disclosure Agreement is signed and returned.
Excluding connectivity verification, the actual time required for testing is expected to be less than eight hours.
Simply call 844-711-4871 or email PortDataValidatet@iconectiv.numberportability.com to schedule the next available testing time slot and receive the Testing Technical Provisioning form and the Test Plan document.
Qualification for the PortData Validate Service is based upon iconectiv’s acceptance of a completed registration form. iconectiv will notify you and provide a Service Agreement for your signature. To be certified for production access to the PortData Validate service, you will need to build to the iconectiv interface specification, and then schedule and complete the certification testing. That testing is expected to take up to 8 hours.
Once certified, return a signed Production Technical Provisioning form to begin the service.