Nationwide mobile number portability (MNP) could still be introduced before the end of 2009, Siddartha Behura, secretary of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has said, according to the Economic Times. MNP is currently due to be implemented in Delhi, Mumbai, Maharashtra and Gujarat, Calcutta, Tamil Nadu, Chennai, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka by September this year. The remainder of the country is due to gain access to the service by March 2010.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has begun a review of the charges for MNP, calling on industry players to submit their views on possible fee structures. Syniverse Technologies and MNP Interconnection, the two companies chosen to implement MNP by the DoT, are understood to have suggested a fee of between INR75 and INR200 (USD1.55-USD4.13) for the service. One concern that has been raised about the introduction of the service is that consumers may not have much interest in porting their number; Syniverse and MNP Technologies have both told the TRAI that they expect less than 3% of the country’s wireless subscribers to utilise the service by the end of 2010.