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MNP Again Delayed To May 2010

Mobile Number Portability [ MNP ] a service which would allow users to change their mobile operator without having to change their existing mobile number.

Mobile Number Portability has again been delayed to May-end.

This time the reason is security concerns..

Security concerns has been raised by the home ministry have forced the Foreign Investment Promotion Board [FIPB] to defer its own approval in Feb 2009 to MNP Interconnection Solutions, one of two MNP service providers selected by the DoT.

MNP In Problem – 7 Days To Change Operator & BSNL May Cause Delay

Mobile Number Portability (MNP) service  which allows Users to change ther Operator whithout changing  their numbers seems to b in Problem again.BSNL May Cause Delay and 7 Days  to port a number

The communication ministry and Telecos had worked out that Time To change operator should be raised from current 4 Day to 7 Days
DoT wlll now ask Trai to change existing regulations to allow a sevenday time frame.

But New Operators thinking that 7day time frame will decrease User  Interest in MNP.


As the home ministry recommended that the licence given to MNP Interconnection Telecom Solutions (MITS), one of the two companies chosen to implement MNP facility in India be revoked on the grounds that the company has operations in Pakistan and this could cause another DELAY. The home ministry has also said that the minority shareholder in the company, Deepak Talwar Consultants, has no experience in running telecom operations and is, therefore, just a front for the US firm.

While Telecom Secretary P J Thomas said that they are confident that the March 31, 2010 deadline would be met by them.

BSNL which is the fourth largest mobile operator in terms of subscribers.
BSNL CMD Kuldeep Goyal said  “We got security clearance for MNP gateway only in February 3 which cause a twomonth delay in our preparedness. We have issued the advanced purchase order but supply of equipment, installation and testing would take time till midMay.. March 31 deadline looks difficult as far as we are concerned”,

BSNL Working to Implement MNP On DoT Pressure

Mobile Number Portability [MNP] which allows users to change or switch operators without changing ther mobile number.

BSNL & MTNL are working towards implementing MNP quickly on  DoT Pressure after a crucial meeting called on February 10 to evaluate the preparedness of the operators , as the deadline March 31 coming closer.DoT had sought status report of the telecom operators last week on MNP preparedness

BSNL has got security clearance for the Gateway from DoT and have ordered the equipment. We are working hard to meet the deadline placed orders for setting up the security gateway for MNP service

MTNL, is gearing up to test its equipment with other operators from next month, officials of the two PSUs said.

Leading Operators like Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications, Vodafone Essar are already ready with MNP-enabled network

BSNL May Miss Even March 31 To Implement MNP

Mobile number portability (MNP) Which allows cellphone users to change their operators without changing the numbers.

State-run telco BSNL has informed the DoT that it may miss even the March 31 deadline for implementing the mobile number portability (MNP) regime if it does not get the security clearance to import the needed equipment at the earliest.
It has also sought intervention of the DoT to expedite the security clearance process to import MNP infrastructure so that it could meet the second deadline set by the government.

“We would like to bring to your kind notice that BSNL has not been able to place purchase orders for MNP gateway for want of security clearance,” the PSU telco said in a letter to the Department of Telecom.
BSNL said it has submitted technical details to DoT on its MNP infrastructure and is still awaiting security nod before placing purchase orders.

The Government had earlier set December 31, 2009 as deadline for implementing the MNP regime in the four metros, and June 2010 for the rest of the country.
However, this deadline could not be met after many operators informed DoT that they would require more time to upgrade their networks.
Following this DoT set March 31 as the new date for this facility to be rolled out across the country at one go.

DoT plans country-wide MNP launch by March 31

The Department of Telecom (DoT) on Thursday said that mobile number portability MNP), the facility that allows cellphone users to change their telecom operator, but retain their cellphone number, will be introduced in all parts of the country from March 31.

As per the original plan, mobile users in metros and category A circles like Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra were slated to avail this provision from January 1, 2010, while the rest of the country would have had access to MNP from April 1, next year.

But this deadline could not be met after many telecom companies informed DoT that they would require more time for upgrading their networks.

Govt rejects BSNL plea for Rs 1K-cr compensation for MNP

The government has turned down telecom PSU BSNL‘s plea for a compensation of Rs 1,000 crore to implement the Mobile Number Portability regime that allows users to transfer their cell phone numbers from one operator to another.
And it is likely that the state-run operator would miss the deadline of December 31 set by the government to launch the MNP system in the metros.

“With regard to the compensation to BSNL to the tune of Rs 100 crores which the PSU had sought, as per the extant instructions, all service providers have to implement MNP at their own cost and no compensation is to be provided to any operators“, said a senior Department of Telecom official.

BSNL along with the other PSU MTNL have earlier informed the government about their inability to implement the MNP system before April for a variety of reasons such as limited time to tweak the technology, tariff plans and billing among others.

The two telcos are in the process of purchasing MNP Gateways. MTNL has floated a limited tender for MNP.
In comparison, private service providers are at various stages of implementing the MNP

Telecom Operators blame Govt For Delay in Mobile Number Portability

With India failing to keep its January 1 deadline for the implementation of number portabilitythe facility that allows mobile customers to change their operator, but retain their numberprivate telcos have now shifted the blame for this delay on the government.

The Cellular Operators Association of India, the body representing operators on the GSM platform, has now said that the delays were on account of the government has failing to carry out comprehensive testing that is critical to ensure correct call routing post MNP implementation. “The test schedule by Telecom Engineering Centre (TEC) in this regard is yet to be finalised,” explained COAI’s officiating director general T R Dua.
The industry body has also added that the processes required to be put in place to address security concerns in the post MNP scenario were yet to be defined.

“In spite of repeated request by the industry, the MNP operators in the two zones are yet to interconnect with each other so as to ensure a cost efficient and robust MNP solution. In a phase wise implementation of MNP, there is a concern that a subscriber calling a ported number from a service area where MNP is not implemented in the first phase may not be able to get through. Hence it is important for all networks to be MNP ready in the first phase itself so as to ensure successful call completion. This concern is yet to be addressed,” Mr Dua added.

But last week, minister for Communications, Gurudas Kamat told lawmakers in the upper house of Parliament that MNP was delayed since operators had not completed upgradation of their networks.

Mobile Number Portability To be Delayed To April 2010

Mobile Number Portability (MNP) services, a facility that allows users to change their operator without changing thier existing number. Mobile users in India may now have to wait till April 2010 !

MNP was earlier scheduled to be implemented from January 1, 2010, in metros and large circles, while the rest of the country was slated to have access to this from April. At a review meeting on Friday to evaluate MNP preparedness between operators, DoT and Trai officials agreed to extend the deadline for metros to April 2010.

Both private operators and state-run telecom firms – BSNL and MTNL – during the meet said that while equipment for MNP was already in place, they can be tested and commission only by March next year.