Full mobile number portability in March

Full mobile number portability in March

 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.

The Telecom Commission, a panel comprising officials from the Department of Telecom, which deals with the policy issues, approved the full mobile number portability on Wednesday. The proposal will now go to Telecom Minister Ravishankar Prasad for final approval.

The Department of Telecom has set a target date of March 31, 2015, to implement the full mobile number portability (MNP), an official source said.

At present, subscribers are allowed to change their service providers while retaining same number within a circle only. For example, a subscriber in Delhi-NCR can switch operator within Delhi-NCR only.

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