What Is LNP?

An overview and brief history

LNP stands for Local Number Portability. You may also hear it referred to as number portability, wireless number portability or number porting. LNP gives 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.

LNP Benefits

  • Enables consumers to keep the same telephone number when changing providers
  • Encourages innovation by service providers to capture new customers
  • Increases competition amongst service providers
  • Reduces prices for consumers


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