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MNP to be begin in 11 circles by Nov 1

Subscribers in the remaining 11 circles will be able to change their service provider without changing mobile number from the second week of November.

Finally, mobile number portability (MNP), which allows subscribers to retain numbers even after changing service operators, is going to see daylight. Communications and IT Minister A Raja said that the service will be partially launched in 11 circles from November 1.
On the sidelines of an event organised by state-owned telco BSNL Raja said, ‘MNP will be in operation partially from November 1, and it will be inaugurated in Haryana first.”
Apart from Harayana, other circles where MNP will be operational in November are J&K, Himachal, Punjab, Uttaranchal, UP East, UP West, Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Mumbai.
When asked about the fate of the remaining circles, Telecom Minister said, “It will only be known once home ministry reaches a decision on Telecordia.”
Telecordia is the MNP service provider for rest of 11 circles where MNP will not be rolled out from Novemeber 1. It has met rough weather due to security concerns raised by ministry of Home affairs for implementing MNP in Pakistan earlier.
DoT divided the country into two geographic zones for number portability implementation, each of which was to be handled by a different MNP provider. Each zone had 11 circles. Zone 1 covers the northern and western regions of the country, while Zone 2 includes the south and east.
Telecordia bagged zone II which were MNP will be delayed, While Syniverse’s zone I will see MNP implemnetaion by second week of November.
The implementation of MNP has been earlierdelayed four times. Initially, it was to be implemented by Dec 31, 2009 then it was changed to  March 31, 2010 and then to June 30. The June 30 deadline was again deferred as operators were not ready with the infrastructure to provide the service.

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