MNP introduction may face delay after MHA objection

17 Dec 2009

The introduction of number portability in India looks could face delays after the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) claimed that a number of shareholders in MNP Interconnection Telecom Solutions India, which has been selected to administer the service in the southern and eastern states, had no experience in running telecom services; the company is a joint venture between US-based Telcordia Technologies and local company Deepak Talwar Consultants. According to the Economic Times, the MHA has also raised concerns over Telcordia’s presence in Pakistan, and called on the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) to review the clearance it has granted the company. The ministry, in a communication to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), said of the matter: ‘Deepak Talwar Consultants have no expertise in running a telecom network. In view of the Indian shareholders’ having no expertise in the telecom sector, Telcordia Technologies…would have full control over the company, both administratively and technically, even though day-to-day operations may be entrusted to Indian nationals. As the networks will have complete mobile number portability (MNP) data for routing calls, the foreign partner may be in a position to exploit the same for its country’s interest and also for its commercial interest.’