According to the Economic Times, the Indian government has said that the implementation of mobile number portability (MNP) will now not take place until at least 31 December. The decision to delay the launch of the service is understood to have been prompted by failures by network operators to upgrade their networks to prepare for MNP, whilst the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has also shouldered some of the blame, having not yet decided on a tariff for the service. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT), on the back of these issues, extended the date it had previously set for implementation, noting: ‘The implementation of MNP is in progress. However, this requires customisation and upgradation of existing networks in order to provide the service. Certain technical and commercial issues related to it are also being resolved.’ Following the deadline extension MNP is expected to launch in Metro and Category A circles – Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu – by the end of the year. No date for when the remaining circles must launch the service has been issued.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, in March 2009 it was announced that US firms Syniverse Technologies and Telcordia Technologies had been chosen to run India’s MNP services. Syniverse will operate a clearing house covering northern and western states, while MNP Interconnection Telecom Solutions India, a joint venture including Telcordia, will administer the services in southern and eastern states. In the first phase of MNP implementation Syniverse will launch the service in Delhi, Mumbai, Maharashtra and Gujarat, while MNP Interconnection must offer the service in Calcutta, Tamil Nadu, Chennai, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.