Telcos to im­ple­ment full mo­bile num­ber porta­bil­ity by May

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - HT BUSINESS - HT Cor­re­spon­dent ■ let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Be­gin­ning May 2015, you may not need to change your cell­phone num­ber while mi­grat­ing to another state.

The gov­ern­ment has asked tele­com firms to im­ple­ment full mo­bile num­ber porta­bil­ity (MNP) by May 3, 2015.

At present, MNP norms al­low users to re­tain their num­bers while chang­ing op­er­a­tors within the same ser­vice area. In­dia has 22 tele­com cir­cles, or ser­vice ar­eas.

Un­der the full MNP regime, a user in Delhi and the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion, for in­stance, will be able to switch to the net­work of ei­ther the same or any other tele­com op­er­a­tor in a dif­fer­ent state while re­tain­ing the same num­ber.

“In­tra-li­censed ser­vice area MNP has al­ready been im­ple­mented in 2010-11. Now, it has been de­cided to im­ple­ment the fa­cil­ity of full MNP in the coun­try, which will en­able sub­scrib- ers to port their mo­bile num­bers across the li­censed ser­vice area,” the depart­ment of telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions said in a let­ter to op­er­a­tors dated Novem­ber 3. “Telcos are be­ing given six months time to im­ple­ment full MNP from the date of is­suance of th­ese in­struc­tions,” the DoT said.

Ac­cord­ing to data re­leased by the Tele­com Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity of In­dia (Trai), about 130 mil­lion peo­ple had re­quested for MNP fa­cil­ity as on Au­gust 31, 2014.

Last month, the Tele­com Com­mis­sion had ac­cepted Trai’s rec­om­men­da­tions to adopt full MNP, after which the DoT had set March 31 as the tar­get date for im­ple­men­ta­tion.

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