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Mobile Number Portability gives subscribers the ability to keep the same phone numbers when changing from one mobile provider to another. The subscriber’s mobile number and the recipient’s network ID are paired and updated in a centralised database.

Print Edition: April 19, 2009

What is MNP?
Mobile Number Portability gives subscribers the ability to keep the same phone numbers when changing from one mobile provider to another. The subscriber’s mobile number and the recipient’s network ID are paired and updated in a centralised database.

Who will provide number portability?
Two companies—Telecordia and Syniverse—have been selected to provide the technology for MNP. Will it be applicable across both GSM and CDMA networks? Yes, but you will probably need to change your handset when switching across these competing technologies.

When will it become operational?
Within six months from the award of licence in Metro cities and within a year in other cities. Will subscribers need to pay a fee? Some countries levy a charge. In India, this is one of the issues still under discussion.

— Rahul Sachitanand

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