DoT asks operators to stick to 30 June MNP deadline

DoT asks operators to stick to 30 June MNP deadline

New Delhi: The government today directed mobile operators to stick to the June 30 deadline for launching mobile number portability (MNP) and made it clear that there would be no further extension.

The department of telecom, which is now monitoring MNP preparedness of operators on a weekly basis, today held a meeting with operators. MNP allows a mobile phone customer to switch the operator while retaining the number.

Official sources said DoT has told operators to get ready by 30 June and seek no further time as enough time has already been given to them. Private operators informed DoT that they are already in various stages of testing their equipment for MNP.

Sources said BSNL and MTNL are yet to get their equipment but they would get it and would shortly to go for the testing.

The government has missed several of its own deadlines for the launch of number portability, including September 2009 and 31 December, and more recently March 2010.

Technical and operational issues surrounding MNP have been the cause of some delays which operators have time and again cited. Designated cells within the DoT are closely overseeing the progress of these tests and in case of non-cooperation from any operators, action is contemplated to be taken, said an official.

These cells send weekly progress report to DoT in this regard. TEC, the technical wing of the DoT, has already been conducting weekly meetings to resolve technical issues, if any. The other activities related to inter-operator test (IOT) may be carried out in parallel such that IOT by all service providers are completed by 15 May.