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TRAI Mobile Number Portability by October 31

by on Aug.12, 2010, under Gadgets, Mobile, News

Mobile Number Portability

We are waiting for 3G and mobile number portability since a long time. There have been a lot of delays since a long time, now it looks like there would be a final decision on the MNP service at least by October 31, 2010.

The TRAI, in a recent announcement has directed mobile operator in the country to implement MNP by October 31 this year or be ready to face the consequences. If that wasn’t all, the Department of Telecom (DoT) made it clear to operators yesterday that the infrastructure for and tests for porting numbers from one service provider to another are to be completed before September 1. If they fail to do that, the service providers would be barred from launching new commercial services in any area, starting September 1.

With mobile number portability we would be able to retain our number even if we want to change our service provider. This will lead to a lot of competition between the mobile service providing companies. Mobile operators have delayed MNP a lot over various problem due to which last deadline June 30 was missed.

Let’s see if the mobile operators are able to do the needful by the October 31.

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Mobile Numbers to Start With '8'

by on Jul.02, 2009, under News

It's no secret and no surprise that India's mobile market is booming and with it DoT is running out of mobile numbers starting with 9. As a result they will have to resort to allotting mobile numbers starting with the number 8.

A couple of months ago there was also talk of Dot considering an 11-digit numbering system. The telecom department had come up with a 30-year numbering plan in 2003 but the fast growth in the telecom subscriber base has forced the authority to relook into its policy and consider 11-digit numbering system.

DoT will reportedly allocate nearly 10 crore numbers for this out of which 50% will be kept reserve by DoT themselves.

According to TRAI there are 415 million cellular subscribers, compared to 277 million during the same period last year.

This might put in a rush for the so-called VIP numbers that many people are willing to pay big bucks for and funds service providers.

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