[AI] Mobile number portability
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Mobile number portability will be rolled out from Oct 31
Indo-Asian News Service
New Delhi, August 12, 2010
First Published: 15:23 IST(12/8/2010)
Last Updated: 15:26 IST(12/8/2010)
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The telecom regulator on Thursday said mobile number portability (MNP)
will be implemented nationwide from Oct 31, ruling out any further
delay. The MNP is a service that allows a mobile user to change his
operator while retaining the number. "There will be no further delay
in the implementation
of MNP," Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman J S
Sarma said in New Delhi.
The Department of Telecom (DoT) Wednesday said the operators must
ensure that all inter-operator tests for porting the numbers from one
service provider to another are completed before Sept 1, 2010.
The Dot made it clear to all telecom operators that in case they fail
to implement MNP as per the scheduled deadline, they will be barred
from launching any new commercial services from Sept 1.
"It has been decided that permission to launch commercial service in
any area with effect from September 1, 2010 shall be given to only
those licensee(s) who are MNP compliant," said a DoT note.
Mobile service providers - Bharti Airtel, Reliance, Vodafone Essar,
Tata Tele, Idea, STel and Aircel - are getting ready to launch
high-speed 3G services from next month.
State-owned telcos Bharat Sanchar Nagar Nigam and Mahanagar Telephone
Nigam Limited have said they are ready with the infrastructure to
implement the MNP service.
The earlier June 30 deadline for the implementation of MNP was
deferred as the operators were not ready with the infrastructure to
provide the service.
The MNP was to be implemented by December 31, 2009 in all the metro
cities as well as in the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra
Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
The deadline was then changed to March 31, 2010 and thereafter to June 30, 2010.
Asked about the rolling out of 3G services, Sarma said: "I see no
reason to believe that there would be any delay."
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