DoT Puts Off MNP Introduction to Dec 31

by CXOtoday Staff    Sep 04, 2009

The Department of Telecom (DoT) has extended the date of implementation of mobile number portability (MNP) service in metro Category A areas to December 31, 2009. Metro Category A areas include Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. MNP allows subscribers to retain their numbers even after changing service providers. In a statement, DoT has attributed the delay in scheduled execution of the MNP to operators’ inability to upgrade their network as well as to the delay on part of regulator Trai to come out with tariff for the service.

"The implementation of MNP is under progress. However, this required customisation and upgradation of the existing network to be capable of providing the MNP service. Certain technical and commercial issues related to it are also being resolved. All this requires considerable time and effort. Therefore, it has been decided by the Department of Telecom (DoT) to extend the date of implementation of MNP in Metro Category A service areas to December 31, 2009 in the first phase," DoT said. The earlier deadline for MNP implementation in the country was scheduled for September 30, 2009 by DoT.