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Mobile Number Portability to go National by March 2015

Government is planning to implement nationwide mobile number portability (MNP) beginning next year by March 31. This will allow subscribers to switch telecom operators throughout the country without changing their numbers.

Telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a reply in the Lok Sabha on Monday, “The national mobile number portability service is likely expected to be implemented by March 31, 2015,” as covered by Economic Times.

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At present, mobile number portability service is provided by two companies: Syniverse Technologies and MNP Interconnection Telecom Solution. According to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI), “these companies have still around 5 years before their license validity expires.”

TRAI asked from the Department of Telecom (DoT) for not to make any changes in entry fee and bank guarantee of companies involved in managing MNP service due to various reasons. On 21 July, TRAI has also submitted its reply to DoT, which will be placed before inter-ministerial panel telecom commission for its consideration.

More from Economic TimesThe regulator in its recommendation has said that telecom operators and MNP service providers should be given six months time to make necessary technical changes in their network to start nationwide MNP. 

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