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Wrangling over number portability

TRAI and DoT have crossed swords once again. This time, it’s over mobile number portability (MNP), which will allow consumers to retain the same number but switch operators.

     Print Edition: September 7, 2008

TRAI and DoT have crossed swords once again. This time, it’s over mobile number portability (MNP), which will allow consumers to retain the same number but switch operators. TRAI feels that if number portability is introduced under the present format, it will result in consumers paying higher tariffs while quality of services may also deteriorate.

In essence, TRAI is arguing against the decision of the government to select two centralised agencies to implement MNP. This, it feels, will increase costs of telecom service providers and, in turn, make MNP costlier to the end-consumer.

But will TRAI’s opposition make DOT fall in line? Watch this space.

RJ

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