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By Kyle Daly
Aug. 9 — Ericsson AB subsidiary Telcordia Technologies Inc. officially signed an agreement Aug. 9 to be the next national administrator of a database that lets consumers and businesses keep their phone numbers when they switch carriers. The Ericsson unit does business in the U.S. as iconectiv.
Telcordia and North American Portability Management (NAPM), the wireless industry consortium that negotiates and manages number portability contracts for the U.S., signed master service agreements for all seven of the country's local number portability administration (LNPA) regions. The Federal Communications Commission approved the Telcordia contract in July (2016 TLN 19, 8/1/16).
Telcordia takes over responsibility for the database from Neustar Inc., which is suing over the FCC's decision, taking issue with the agency's process in arriving at the change and questioning Telcordia's impartiality as an Ericsson subsidiary ( Neustar, Inc. v FCC, D.C. Cir., 15-01080, clerk's order 6/8/16 ). Oral arguments in the case are scheduled for Sept. 13.
According to a preliminary timeline offered up by NAPM earlier this year, the transition between Neustar and Telcordia was projected to be complete by late 2017 at the earliest. “[G]iven the current state” of transition preparations, NAPM expects to revise that timeline, the organization said in a late July document addressing frequently asked questions on the transition.
A person familiar with discussions at Neustar told Bloomberg BNA that the company expects the lawsuit to be resolved before the hand-off ends up taking place.
In a statement addressing the contract signing, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the agency will “continue to exercise close oversight to ensure a successful transition from the incumbent provider to iconectiv.”
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