MNP to implement number portability by September

Kolkata, April 30 (Inditop) MNP Interconnection Telecom Solutions India plans to implement mobile number portability services in Kolkata, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu circles by September this year, a top official said here Thursday.

“By April 2010, we plan to launch the service in circles in the eastern and the southern parts of the country, including the whole of West Bengal,” Ashok Sapra, managing director of the US-based Telcordia Technologies, which owns a majority stake in MNP, told reporters.

MNP plans to invest about $10 million in creating requisite infrastructure like data centres and a clearinghouse and in developing telecom solutions to implement the number portability service, company chairman Richard Jacowleff said.

MNP, a 74:26 joint venture between Telcordia and DTC Pvt Ltd of India, had earlier received licence from the Department of Telecommunications to provide the number portability service that allows mobile users to change their operators while retaining their mobile phone number.

However, telecom service providers will have the discretion to either accept or reject any request from subscribers to change their numbers, Sapra said.