Mobile number portability licences to be granted in March

February 26th, 2009 - 7:45 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 26 (IANS) The list of companies that will be granted licences for mobile number portability (MNP) - a technology that enables cellphone users to retain their phone numbers when changing operators - will be announced next month, the government said Thursday.
“The successful bidders for grant of mobile number portability service licences will be announced by March 5,” Communications and Information Technology Minister A. Raja said in Rajya Sabha.

The letter of intent will also be issued the same day, Raja said, adding that the implementation of MNP has not been delayed.

The government had issued guidelines for award of MNP service licences Jan 1 this year.

As per the guidelines, MNP is to be implemented in all metro and category ‘A’ service areas within six months of the award of the licence, and in rest of the service areas within one year.

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