New Delhi, July 03, 2015: Mobile Number Portability-- allowing subscribers to retain their mobile number even if they switch from one service provider to another is a reality in India at last.
All major telecom providers have announced their readiness to enable MNP from today -- in line with the g0vernment's mandate.With this, mobile customers spread across the country can now easily shift between States without having to change their mobile number.
Customers on Airtel, the largest telecommunications network in India are to get special offers like requests for porting within Airtel’s network being processed within 24 hours and free incoming on roaming once they raise a number portability request until it is processed. Airtel customers can also avail the option of transferring their balance in prepaid or carrying forward their unbilled/billed amount in the case of postpaid while porting their number to the new city.
Says Ajai Puri, Director – Market Operations: “Today, not only has mobile phone become an essential part of our lives, the mobile numberhas equally become an indispensable identification for each one of us. With our complete readiness to launch National Mobile NumberPortability, we aim to empower customers enabling them to retain this identity as they move across anywhere in the country. To facilitate a seamless transition we will also allow our customers to enjoy free incoming on roaming while their number portability request is being processed.” Airtel is the world's number three mobile telecom provider
Vodafone India, also announced the launch of National MNP. The provider has a pan India base of over 184 million customers serviced through a network of over 130,000 sites, of which over 35,000 are 3G sites. This makes Vodafone India, the 5th largest network in the world. Vodafone also has the largest retail footprint with over 9800exclusive retail stores across India.
Says Vivek Mathur, Chief Commercial Officer, Vodafone India: “Customers will be the biggest gainers of the National MNP service as it allows them to carry their existing number across India and also choose the operator of their choice. Vodafone has benefited from the intra-circle MNP that was rolled out in 2011 and we look forward to a similar response this time.”
Reliance Communication says: "RCOM is ready to roll out Mobile Number Portability nationally from July 3, 2015 onwards, and this will allow our customers to retain their mobile number in any part of the country and continue to enjoy our best-in-class network and services. Reliance Communications will also be offering attractive and aggressive plans for both its pre-paid and post-paid customers, as well as customers porting in from other networks, to ensure that this is a seamless and easy transition."
Indian mobile providers work across 22 telecom service areas or circles.With about 3 million intra-circle MNP requests every month the government.