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BSNL, MTNL may delay number portability: Trai
Published on 23 Jul. 2010 11:31 PM IST
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There are growing signs that the implementation of mobile number portability may miss its freshly set October 31 deadline, this time because government-run firms BSNL and MTNL are unprepared.
Telecom regulator Trai has written to DoT saying, “the Authority is apprehensive that unless DoT, which is the administrative department for these PSUs, takes a firm commitment from them, their lack of action will continue to result in further delay in the implementation of MNP.”
Trai points out that India is one of the few countries where the subscribers have yet to enjoy the benefit of MNP and a repeated extension of timelines is not advisable.
MNP allows subscribers to change their mobile service provider while retaining their existing mobile number.
Since MNP unleashes genuine competitive pressures, its biggest upside is a marked improvement in quality of service. It could also marginally reduce tariffs in areas like international roaming and value-added services where there is insufficient price competition.
According to Trai, it recently called for the latest status report from both the MNP status providers Telcordia and Syniverse, which showed that all the service providers are at various stages of testing except BSNL and MTNL.
MNP was to have been implemented in 2009, but has met with severe resistance from operators. More recently, the deadline for its implementation was shifted first to March 31, 2010 and then extended to June 30 and later to October 31.

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