Mobile Number Portability sees some light: Two MNP Service Providers announced

Two MNP (Mobile Number Portability) service providers will be appointed (public launch is delayed to Aug/Sep 2009) and will be the clearing house for mobile users to seamlessly change their…

Two MNP (Mobile Number Portability) service providers will be appointed (public launch is delayed to Aug/Sep 2009) and will be the clearing house for mobile users to seamlessly change their operator without changing their number.

The two MNP service providers, to be selected through a “beauty parade”, will be neutral hosts connecting the operators and customers. They will function as a sort of interconnect exchange that will have the required infrastructure, including a database of numbers, for porting calls. [via]

Each MNP provider will provide the service in 11 circles and in order to maintain the neutrality:

  • Telecom service provider and an MNP operator cannot pick up any equity stake in each other’s firms.
  • One MNP service provider will not be able to hold more than 10 per cent equity stake in the other MNP company.
  • Foreign companies can become MNP operators, but their holding cannot exceed 74 per cent.

Let’s hope the MNP implementation doesn’t get further delayed.

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