Telecom subscribers may have to wait till July to avail nationwide mobile number portability service as the DoT has asked operators to make some technical changes which could take about eight weeks.
“The DoT has issued new amendment in national numbering plan (NNP). To make these, telcos will need to configure mobile switches across country and route them properly. This would take about eight weeks and then it has to be tested” COAI Director General Rajan S. Mathews told PTI.
He added that Indian telecom network has one of the largest mobile switches which need to be reconfigured across all 22 telecom circles by all telecom operators.
At present, MNP allows subscribers to change mobile network while retaining their number in the same telecom circle. In an order dated April 13, the DoT has amended NNP asking telecom operators to allow their subscribers to dial on to mobile numbers within the same circle as well as inter-circle without any prefix. Calls can also be made using the prefix ‘0’ and/or ‘+91’. This means customers will be able to make calls to any other telecom circle or state without using any prefix.