Mobile Number Portability From May, says Raja

by CXOtoday Staff    Feb 22, 2010

The much-awaited mobile number portability (MNP) is expected to be launched by the first week of May, starting from Chennai and Bangalore. A Raja, Minister for Communication and Information Technology said this during the launch of 3G services in Bangalore by state-owned BSNL.

The mobile number portability (MNP) would allow the users to switch service providers without changing phone numbers. It was earlier planned to be introduced in March this year. However, the service got delayed due to it delay in security clearance from the government.
 
There has been significant increase in the number of new mobile subscribers in the last three years, he said. India added 19 million telecom subscribers in December 2009, taking the total number of subscribers to 580 million. It is expected to touch 600 million subscribers in the next two months.
 
"When the National Telecom Policy was devised in 1999, a categorical assurance was given that we are going to achieve 600 million telephone connections by 2012. In December 2009 itself, we have already reached 580 million telephone connections. And in another two months, we will achieve 600 million connections," he said.