Press Esc to close
Sunday 01 May 2016
News updated at 11:34 AM IST
Weather
Max: 36.6°C
Min : 24.4°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Nationwide MNP by Feb: Sibal

New Delhi, Dec 13, 2012 , DHNS

Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal announced at the “India Telecom 2012” here on Thursday that nationwide Mobile Number Portability (MNP), which will allow users to retain their numbers even when they move from one state to another, will roll out by February 2013.

Sibal said implementing nationwide MNP is one of the key features of the new telecom policy announced by the UPA government.

At present, a user is allowed to switch to a different operator within the circle, while retaining the number. In the new telecom policy, the Centre has envisaged implementing MNP nationwide, allowing users to retain their mobile numbers even when they shift between any of the 22 telecom circles of India.

As per the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India data, by the end of October 2012, about 75.14 million subscribers have submitted their requests to different service providers for porting their mobile number.

In September 2012 alone, total number of subscribers who submitted requests for MNP stood at 5.36 million.  

The minister said some of the other important features of the new telecom policy including spectrum assignment and pricing, unified licences regime, M&A guidelines, finalisation of guidelines for spectrum sharing, creation of a fund for R&D and manufacturing will also be implemented early next year.  

Addressing the conference, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said troubles in the telecom sector will end and the new policy will address investors’ concerns and provide impetus to growth.

The government allocated airwaves or spectrum carrying mobile phone signals in a transparent manner through market-related processes, the prime minister added.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
A model walls the ramp at a fashion event in Ludhiana on Saturday...

A model walls the ramp at a fashion event in Ludhiana on Saturday...

A view of the West of Chord road, Rajajinagar 1st block Fly-Over inaugurated by Chief Minister...

A view of the West of Chord road, Rajajinagar 1st block Fly-Over inaugurated by Chief Minister...

Vehicles passing through snow bound Zojila Pass, situated at a height of 11,516 feet, on its way...

Vehicles passing through snow bound Zojila Pass, situated at a height of 11,516 feet, on its way...

An Army jawan stands guard at Zojila Pass, situated at a height of 11,516 feet...

An Army jawan stands guard at Zojila Pass, situated at a height of 11,516 feet...

The first transgander Presiding Officer Ria Sarkar in front of a Polling Station during 5th phase...

The first transgander Presiding Officer Ria Sarkar in front of a Polling Station during 5th phase...

Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar pays tribute...

Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar pays tribute...

Aircraft of the British aerobatics team Global Stars perform during second day of the the three-day.

Aircraft of the British aerobatics team Global Stars perform during second day of the the three-day.

People are travelling in underground stretch of the Namma Metro between the Mysuru road station...

People are travelling in underground stretch of the Namma Metro between the Mysuru road station...

The high rider-ship was evident as large number of commuters were thronging the station...

The high rider-ship was evident as large number of commuters were thronging the station...

Cricketer Virat Kohli during inauguration of a store in Hyderabad on Friday...

Cricketer Virat Kohli during inauguration of a store in Hyderabad on Friday...