Nationwide Inter MNP – Mobile Number Portability Rolls From Today
Mobile operators Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, RCom, and others including state-run BSNL and MTNL have announced rolling out from tomorrow (i.e today) the full mobile number portability (MNP) that will allow customers to retain their numbers across the country.
Other private players such as Uninor, Sistema Shyam Teleservices and Videocon will also roll out the service to meet the July 3 deadline fixed by the government.
The national MNP service will facilitate customers to carry their existing mobile number from one telecom circle to another across the country and choose the operator of their choice without changing their numbers.
In a statement, Airtel said its customers can enjoy special offers like processing requests to port within Airtel’s network within 24 hours and free incoming on roaming until the portability request is processed. Vodafone said, “Customers looking for the convenience of retaining their existing number at the new location can avail the benefits of national MNP service.”
“Vodafone has benefited from the intra-circle MNP that was rolled out in 2011 and we look forward to a similar response this time,” Vodafone India Chief Commercial Officer Vivek Mathur said.
Idea Cellular said it has enabled its network to roll out the DoT mandated national MNP services for mobile users across the country.
Full MNP has been a topic of discussion for long among the subscribers and telecom operators. Initially, Government had asked telecom operators to roll out full MNP by March 31st. However, blaming TRAI’s delay in publishing the amended regulations and difficulties in removing the technical glitches, operators requested the Government to extend the date, which was announced on 3rd May 2015.
Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) further delayed it to July 2015 on the grounds that the changes recommended by Department of Telecommunications will take eight weeks to complete. On May 18, country moved a step closer to full MNP when operators implemented simplified dialing patterns without 0/+91.
The earlier deadline (May 3) to roll out full MNP was delayed by two months after the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) sought extension from DoT as telecom operators needed to make some technical changes to their networks to implement the service.
In between, BSNL and MTNL once again tried to gain extension in rolling out full-MNP. However, BSNL, as a part of its revival plan, announced the removal of roaming charges.