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Chinese Operators Testing Mobile Number Portability

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AsiaInfo Holdings has signed contracts with both China Mobile and China Unicom to develop a Mobile Number Portability (MNP) hub platform to support ongoing trial testing in the cities of Hainan and Tianjin.

In order to successfully support the trial testing, AsiaInfo will upgrade China Mobile's and China Unicom's existing billing, CRM and BI systems at the headquarter level.

The MNP hub platforms will have the capacity to collect and manage user information such as payment and charging activities on a nationwide basis. Once user information is collected by the hub platforms, it will be sent to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology's (MIIT) database for centralized management.

AsiaInfo's President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Zhang, commented, "If implemented nationwide, this will be a significant development for mobile subscribers in China and is bound to increase competition amongst the carriers as users were not able to switch telephone numbers prior. This repository of user information will collect data from all provinces in China and can be used to match a user's mobile number with the telecom operator hosting their mobile service. Most importantly, this solution speaks to our ability to evolve and deliver best-of-class products to China's rapidly evolving telecom industry."

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