The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has given another breather to telecom companies by extending the deadline for implementation of pan-India mobile number portability by another two months. The last deadline for implementation of ‘national MNP’ was May 3. In July last year, Comm. and IT minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad had announced that we could expect national roll out of MNP by March 2015.
“The government has decided to extend the date of implementation of the full MNP in the networks by two months,” an official statement from DoT said. The telecom industry association COAI had asked for extension of deadline for implementation of MNP citing technical reasons.
As per the industry body COAI, telecom operators are currently making technical changes to their networks, in order to successfully implement National Numbering Plan (NNP) and this can take up to two months. The new national numbering plan or NNP will allow you to call any number across India without the need to add ‘0’ or ‘+91’ before 10 digit mobile number.
Various telecom operators have put in place the hardware, as well as software needed for successful implementation of pan India MNP. At present, you can switch to any mobile operator within your own telecom circle. However, once the pan-India mobile number portability kicks in you will be able switch to other mobile operator and still retain you old number even outside your home circle.
This is very different from roaming where you visit out of your circle and pay roaming charges to retain your number. The pan-India MNP will allow you to migrate you number from your home circle to some other circle of your choice.
“Internal testing by these operators is in advanced stage. The detailed final testing is schedule to commence shortly and is likely to be completed in two months for most of the operators,” the DoT statement said.
At present only two agencies are licensed to handle MNP in India, they are Syniverse Technologies and MNP Interconnection Telecom Solution. The DoT has been discussing various technical difficulties arising out of implementing full MNP with various stakeholders. If no further technical complications arise, Indians should be able to enjoy the benefits of full nationwide MNP by August 2015!