MNP – Retain your 10 Digit number on any network

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India is the 8th nation in Asia to launch Mobile Number Portability (MNP), starting from the Haryana circle from next month and then the facility will be rolled out across the country. MNP is effective in those markets which are highly competitive, with high penetration levels. This technology allows the subscribers to retain their existing mobile telephone number when they switch from one access service provider (telecom operator) to another, irrespective of mobile technology. It will be beneficial for the telephone subscribers from the point of view of both pricing and quality and innovation in services offerings. Various value-added services may be added by the service providers to pull customers towards their services.



According to A. Raja, Communications and Information Technology Minister, the real beneficiaries of MNP would be those subscribers who will get better service offerings at competitive more prices. (MNP), which allows a subscriber to change his operator and retain his mobile number, will be launched on November 1.

 

Being the 2nd largest telecom market of the world after China, India has become one of the important centers for the future growth for different subscribers. Around 60 countries have already adopted MNP. India’s wireless subscriber base scales past the 600 million mark in April 2010. The wireless subscriber base has increased to 617.53 million at the end of May 2010 from 601.22 million in April 2010, registering a growth of 2.71 per cent.


Mr. A. Raja explained that 22 circles are demarcated in India which will get this service in a phased manner by this year-end. Keeping in mind the scale of the project, the Department of Telecommunications has divided 22 circles into two geographic zones. Each zone is further broken down into 11 service areas that represent cities within the zone. Introduction of MNP would fuel competition further and may give subscribers an upper hand to select what they perceive to be the best service provider for them. Competition among different service providers will lead to improvement in quality of the services and product innovation in order to retain and expand the customer base.



Zone 1 has been given to Syniverse Technologies which will cover the Northern and Western Regions, while Zone 2 has been given to MNP Interconnection Telecom Solutions, a 74:26 joint venture between the U.S.-based Telcordia and Deepak Talwar Consultants Pvt. Ltd. It will cover South and East Regions. It will provide a fair chance to all the service providers as they will be in a better position to sustain their services with better quality of service and innovative products.



This Mobile Number Portability facility will help the mobile phone subscribers to retain their 10 digit phone numbers if they want to do so. For example, if you are BSNL subscriber and you want to retain your number on other service provider, you can do so after completing the formalities of MNP.

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