Mobile Number Portability Delayed [Again]

The great Indian telecom delay saga is on and mobile number portability which was scheduled for December 31st, 2009 cannot happen before April of 2010.

BSNL and MTNL have informed the government about the delay, owing to infrastructure upgrade challenges [ET].

Well, operators have enough reasons to delay MNP, as it will force them to improve the quality of service, in order to retain customers (given the tariff war).

More so, a recent survey conducted by AC Neilsen throws as interesting perspective

  • High spenders, postpaid subscribers and business subscribers show a greater tendency to switch if Mobile Number Portability is introduced.
  • Prepaid, low and medium spend users are not motivated to switch.
  • Postpaid subscribers have almost double the minutes of usage compared to pre-paid subscribers and the incidence of data application usage is also higher among postpaid and high spenders.[Post-paid users are most likely to switch].

Also see: Mobile Number Portability in India – Details/Perspective

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