Mobile Number Portability (MNP)

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Now dial STD mobile numbers without 0 or +91, India one step closer to full MNP

Operators has started the process of implementing simplified dialing pattern that allow both STD and local numbers be dialed without any prefix. We are getting reports that many operators have implemented this . One step closer to full MNP One of the main technical problem of full MNP was STD dialing pattern. At present, STD numbers can only be dialed by adding either ‘0’ or ‘+91? as the prefix. But post full MNP STD… Read More

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More than 100 million have availed Mobile Number Portability in India: TRAI

More than 100 million mobile subscribers have availed Mobile Number Portability (MNP), according to a statement released by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). This amounts to 11 percent of the total mobile subscribers. MNP allows subscribers to retain their mobile number when they shift from one telecom provider to another in the same service area, irrespective of the mobile technology or from one cellular mobile technology to another of… Read More

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DoT grants two months extension for rolling out full MNP in the country

After all the conundrums of rolling out full Mobile Number Portability (MNP) throughout the country, Department of Telecommunications has extended the deadline for its implementation for another two months. The earlier deadline was 3rd May 2015. The deadline is extended on the grounds that the operators would require another two months to complete the final detailed testing of hardware and software necessary for rolling out full MNP. This final testing… Read More

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In-depth Analysis: Trivial problems faced by users on MNP

MNP needs no formal introduction as its been in India for quite some time now. However to reiterate – Mobile Number Portability (MNP) is the facility which allows subscribers to retain their mobile number and switch to service provider of their choice and technology. Hence one can port a CDMA number to GSM and vice versa. Currently, in India this facility is available with in a telecom circle i.e. intra-circle… Read More

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Full MNP: No deadline extension is decided yet, says Minister

In a response to Lok Sabha, Minister of Telecommunications Ravi Shankar Prasad reconfirmed that May 3 is still the deadline for rolling out full Mobile Number Portability (MNP) across the country. The request from Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) to set up a committee and to extend the date of implementing full MNP persists, however, the Government has not taken any decision on this regard. “In consideration of the… Read More

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Full MNP will get delivered only by July: COAI

Nation-wide Mobile Number Portability (MNP) seems to get delayed further to July, with the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) asking the operators to make some technical changes. “The changes could take about eight weeks to complete”, Cellular Operators Association of India (CAOI) said. COAI is planning to write to DoT on the same. DoT’s new amendment on National Numbering Plan (NNP) will allocate mobile numbers to telecom operators and telecom circles,… Read More

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Subscribers need to submit a form of undertaking for MNP, says TRAI

In a move to strengthen the process of verification and to settle the existing disputes of ownership of the mobile numbers after MNPs, TRAI has directed the telecom operators to obtain an undertaking of ownership of the mobile numbers from subscribers, at the time of porting. The direction, which is published on the regulator’s website also says that the number has to be discontinued, in case the obtained information is… Read More

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Is Full MNP still a Distant Reality to the Nation?

Adding to the worry of missing the deadline for rolling out full Mobile Number Portability (MNP), is the new warning from the Government, which says that it will take legal actions against the service providers who fail to meet the deadline of May 3. MNP allows the subscribers to port their mobile networks from one service provider to another within the same telecom circle, without altering their existing mobile number.… Read More

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Operators raise technical issues of full MNP with DOT seeks more time to implementation, will this cause any delay?

In a letter to DOT, COAI and AUSPI representing all private mobile operators in India raised technical issues of implementing full MNP. On 25th February, TRAI had issues Telecommunication MNP (Sixth Amendment) Regulations, 2015 and stated that full MNP has to be implemented by 3rd May 2015. As per COAI and ASUPI, the changes required to implement full MNP are complex and across multiple systems and require much more time. In the letter, they have… Read More

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TRAI revises regulations for Mobile Number Portability, to make postpaid MNP process easier

Telecom regulatory authority of India has yesterday issued the 6th amendment to the Telecommunication Mobile Number Portability Regulation which was in place since 2009. The DOT had notified all telecom operators on 3rd November 2014 to prepare their systems for the implementation of full Pan India number portability to be in place in six months from the date of issue of the notification which comes to 3rd May 2015. This… Read More

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Draft rules for full mobile number portability issued by TRAI

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued draft regulations to facilitate full mobile number portability (MNP), which is set to start from May 3. Currently, MNP norms allow users to retain their numbers while changing their operators within the same service area. India has 22 telecom circles or service areas. The full or nationwide mobile number portability (MNP) will allow consumers to change service provider in any part… Read More

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List of operators who have been fined for Violating MNP: Airtel emerges top offender

TRAI so far put financial disincentives of Rs.8,13,26,000 for violation of MNP regulation, answered Hon.Minister for communication and information technology Ravi Shankar Prasad during the question hour session in Rajya Sabha on 28/11/2014. After implementation of the Mobile Number Portability Regulations, the Authority had received a number of complaints wherein the subscribers had reported that their porting requests were rejected by the donor operators on various grounds. On examination, it… Read More

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Reliance, Tata Teleservices and Aircel top net losers of subscribers, Idea & Vodafone gains under MNP: Ravi Shankar Prasad

IT and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has informed that Reliance Communications (RCom), Tata Teleservices and Aircel are among the top net losers of subscribers under mobile number portability (MNP) services to Lok Sabha. Idea Cellular has been the biggest net gainer of mobile subscribers through MNP service, as per data till October, 2014 presented in the Lok Sabha by the minister. “The public sector companies, i.e. BSNL and MTNL… Read More

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MNP: One nation, one number by May 2015

Indian mobile phone users will soon be able to change their telecom operators and retain their numbers even if they are relocating to areas outside the service providers’ operations from 2015. Government of India has asked telecom firms to implement full mobile number portability (MNP) by May 3 2015. For this, the Department of Telecom (DoT) has given its approval to the introduction of full mobile number portability and has… Read More

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