Two US firms selected for number portability services

March 9th, 2009 - 9:24 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 9 (IANS) The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has selected two US-based companies - Telcordia Technologies and Syniverse Technologies - to provide mobile number portability (MNP) services in India, a government spokesperson said Monday.
MNP once implemented will enable mobile phone users to change their telecom operators while retaining their mobile phone number.

Syniverse later said in a statement that it has received letter of intent (LoI) from the DoT for implementing MNP services.

“Syniverse has been awarded a letter of intent to provide India’s telecommunications operators with number portability clearing house and centralised database solutions for the next 10 years,” the company said.

The DoT has divided the country into two geographic zones for the effective implementation if the MNP services.

Each zone is further divided into 11 service areas that represent cities within the zone.

Syniverse will cover northern and western states including Delhi, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Gujarat, while MNP Interconnection Telecom Solutions India Pvt Ltd, a joint-venture including Telcordia, will roll out services in the southern and eastern states.

The MNP implementation will be initially focussed on the larger metropolitan service areas before moving into the rural locations, the company said.

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