Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is finally showing some resolve in rolling out a much anticipated service nationwide. TRAI Chairman J S Sarma announced yesterday that mobile number portability (MNP) will be implemented nationwide from October 31 without any further delay. MNP is a service that allows a mobile user to change his operator while retaining the number. The Department of Telecom (DoT) has instructed all the operators to ensure that all inter-operator tests for porting the numbers from one provider to another should be completed before September 1, 2010. To be strict with their decision, the department has even made it clear to all operators that in case they fail to meet the scheduled deadline, they will not be allowed to launch any new commercial services from September 1.
BSNL and MTNL have already ensured that they are equipped with the infrastructure to launch the MNP service. The MNP was scheduled to be implemented by December 31, 2009 but the deadline was then changed to March 31, 2010 and thereafter to June 30, 2010 as the operators were not yet ready with the infrastructure to implement the service.
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