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Meet May 3 full-MNP deadline or face action, Govt warns telcos

Meet May 3 full-MNP deadline or face action, Govt warns telcos
“We have given them (telecom operators) sufficient time of six months. This is not the first time MNP is starting in the country. We are only extending to pan-India. If they miss deadline then whatever action is there under law will take its own course,” Telecom Secretary Rakesh Garg said.

At present, mobile number portability (MNP) allows subscribers to change mobile network while retaining their number in same telecom circles. The full MNP will allow subscribers to retain their mobile number in any part of the country even they change their operator or shift from one city to another.

Industry body the Cellular Operators Association of India had said last week that telecom operators might not be able to meet the deadline of May 3 due to some technical and coordination issues that they were facing as well as due to delay in notifying rule of full MNP by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. The COAI has requested the DoT to form a committee that can coordinate between private telecom players and public sector companies BSNL and MTNL for conducting networks tests in time to facilitate full MNP.

Garg said that there is no need for a separate panel in this regard. The Telecom secretary also shared that the Government on Monday extended pre-paid services in Jammu and Kashmir as well as the North-East for a period of two years.
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