Bharti Airtel favours mobile portability

Bharti Airtel favours mobile portability

New Delhi: Bharti Airtel Ltd, the county’s top mobile services operator, favoured mobile number portability across the country, not just in the four big metro cities, its chairman said on Wednesday.

The government’s decision to auction airwaves for providing so-called third-generation mobile-phone services is a “welcome" step, said Bharti Airtel Ltd Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal in the sidelines of a conference. He also favoured auctioning of 3G spectrum.

The Indian government has said it planned to allow mobile phone subscribers to keep the same number when they changed networks in the four cities of Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai, by the fourth quarter of 2008.

Meanwhile, Bharti Airtel has added 2.03 million subscribers in October, taking its total mobile user base to 50.9 million, an industry body said on Wednesday.