Wednesday, April 29, 2009

India: A contract to implement mobile number portablity has been awarded

[The Hindu] Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has awarded MNP Interconnection Telecom Solutions India Pvt Ltd, a joint venture company of Telcordia Technologies, the license to implement mobile number portability services.

According to the licence terms which will be for a period of ten years, MNP Interconnection will be responsible for implementing mobile number portability, which allows a subscriber to retain the same mobile number even after changing the cellular operat or, in Zone 2, comprising South and East India.

Announcing this, Managing Director of MNP Interconnection Telecom Solutions, Mr Ashok Sapra told reporters that the implementation would be carried out in two phases in 11 circles in the next 12 months.

In phase one, the service would be implemented in the four circles of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kolkata in six months from the date of signing the licence, he said.

"Our target is to have the first phase roll out before the end of September'' Mr Sapra said, adding, ''for this active engagements are on among the stakeholders, DoT and TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India)'', Mr Sapra said.

The remaining seven circles of Kerala, rest of West Bengal, Bihar, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, North-East and Assam will be covered in the next six months, he said.

Number Portability licence awarded to MNP Telecom

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