The telecom department (DoT) has reportedly set March 31, 2015 for implementation of full mobile number portability (MNP) across the country. This means subscriber of any circle can switch operator in other circles while retaining their numbers.
Pan India MNP has been one of the important elements of the National Telecom Policy announced in 2012. However, back and forth between the telecom regulatory authority and telecom department delayed the roll out of pan-India mobile number portability. The industry had been waiting for a clearer guidelines on this after the new government steps in.
Interestingly, mobile operators have shown willingness to implement the pan India mobile number portability.
In an interaction with Digit, GSM operators body COAI's Director General Rajeev S Mathews had said: “We support the objectives of NTP-2012 and are committed to working with the Regulator and DoT on implementing these in a customer and industry friendly manner. National MNP is part of the NTP-2012 objectives and we look forward to working with the DoT, if they accept the TRAI recommendations.”
“National MNP is a very complex matter including over 10 Operators, 2 MNP providers, several NLD and ILD players and 22 circles with over 900 million connections. Nowhere in the world has such a complex matter been done so far. So, all of the stakeholders are not ready as of now. We will need to commence the project design and implementation as soon as the DoT approves,” he added.