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India: Mobile Number Portability Launched in Haryana, Nationwide Launch on January 20, 2011
Source: egovonline.net
Source Date: Friday, November 26, 2010
Focus: Internet Governance
Country: India
Created: Nov 29, 2010

Mobile Number Portability service was launched at Rohtak, Haryana, by Kapil Sibal, the Union Minister of Communications and Information Technology by making the inaugural call to Bhupindrer Singh Hooda, the Chief Minister of Haryana from a ported mobile number.The one-time charge that needs to be paid by subscribers would depend on operator-to-operator, but the charge cannot exceed Rs 19. Speaking on the occasion ibal announced that this service will be launched in the entire country on January 20, 2011. The Minister said now the mobile subscribers of Haryana will be able to exercise their choice of telecom service provider. He said the choice based services initiate healthy competition among service providers which ultimately benefits ‘Aam Aadmi’.

Kapil Sibal said that as a result of forward looking Government policies and active contribution from the Telecom Service Providers, mobile subscriber base has reached around 700 million from mere 33 million in March, 2004. As continued efforts of the Government to increase competition in the market and to provide wider choice to customer, Mobile Number Portability (MNP) will be an important step.

The networks in all the remaining 21 Licensed Service Areas have started migration for working in the MNP environment. For orderly technical migration of complex interconnected networks, each of the remaining service areas will be migrated one by one on alternate days. This will enable simultaneous validation of technical parameters and removal of any problems arising from migration activity to ensure successful and smooth migration of a service area. Migration activities will not take place during the festival season at the end of December, 2010.

Speaking on the occasion, Sachin Pilot, the Union Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology said that Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is making an all out efforts to bridge the rural urban divide through telecom technology. He added that India is now ushering into an era of convergence of technology and mobile applications which will enable us to ensure delivery of quality services in the rural and far flung, remote areas. The Secretary, DoT, R. Chandrashekhar said on the occasion that this facility will intensify the competition among service providers both in respect of quantity of services and quality of service as well as in terms of tariff.

The rest of India would get to use MNP from January 20, next year. The DoT has claimed that the entire process of switching operators would take a maximum of seven days and subscribers may face disruption of services for about two hours during that period. The one-time charge that needs to be paid by subscribers would depend on operator-to-operator, but the charge cannot exceed Rs 19. Any mobile subscriber must have used the number for at least 90 days before availing of MNP service.
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