With fuss growing after missing three deadlines, mobile number portability (MNP), which allows subscribers to retain numbers even after changing service operators, will be rolled out in November, Telecom Minister A Raja said.
"November 1 onwards, MNP would be operational partially... First, we wanted to inaugurate in Haryana," Raja told reporters on the sidelines of an event organised by BSNL in New Delhi on Tuesday.
The MNP system in the first phase, will be introduced in 11 circles and the implementation will begin from the second or third week of November.
An official announcement about this will be made on November 1. Implementation in the eleven circles would be completed by December 20, he said.
Syniverse Technologies, which had been selected by the telecom department as one of the clearing houses for implementing MNP, will manage the first phase of the roll-out.
The Department of Telecom had given licences to Syniverse Technologies and MNP Interconnection Telecom Solutions, a 74:26 joint venture between US-based Telcordia and Deepak Talwar Consultants Pvt Ltd, to implement MNP.
MNP Interconnection is yet to get security clearance from the government.
- PTI Inputs