India’s MNP introduction date slips once again

31 Mar 2010

The introduction of mobile number portability (MNP) for Indian mobile subscribers has been pushed back once again, with the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) revealing that the service will now not be inaugurated until 30 June 2010. The move comes after the regulator moved to assess the readiness of mobile operators’ networks to handle MNP, and is the second significant delay to the launch of the service; having previously been scheduled for implementation by end-December 2009 it was pushed back to 30 March 2010, again over concerns that operators were not ready. According to the Economic Times, the government has called on cellcos to ensure that they are conducting any relevant tests to prepare for MNP introduction, while it is also pressing operators such as Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) and Uninor, which have reportedly yet to install MNP gateways, to do so by 15 May.