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Multi-national, Multi-operator Number Portability Server

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000022434D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Apr-25
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-25

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Number Portability (NP) is a key feature in telecommunication networks that offers to keep the user's telephone number in case that the user changes his provider. In deregulated markets this feature is supervised by a regulatory body or a certain committee. Setup and exploitation of a NP server (at least a pair of servers is required due to redundancy reasons) is a costly business. A proposal to reduce costs is to split the NP database on the NP server into different partitions. The content of a particular partition has no relation to the other partitions and the partitions are independent of each other. This way an operator can use separate partitions to store the complete NP database.