Telecom Minister A. Raja has gone ahead and announced that MNP will be implemented by November 1st in Haryana. For the first time it seems that the date will be adhered to – however, don’t get your hopes too high as the launch will be only in some select circles.
Earlier this month, there were rumours that prior October 1st date will not be met and MNP implementation will be done only next years. It looks like that is not the case.
According to news reports, Mobile number Portability will be done in phased manner. First phase will see launch in Haryana first and then implementation will begin in 11 different circles from the second or third week of November. Implementation in these eleven circles is expected to be complete by December 20.
DoT has not yet published any road map on how and when the implementation will be done in other circles, but my guess is that it will be initially launched in smaller cities and rural areas, where telecom operators will not see too much of churning of subscribers.
Metro’s and larger cities with large mobile subscriber base may be the last to get the MNP implementation.
Given the history of delay’s in MNP implementation, I still have my doubts – but hoping for the best.
What do you think? Will MNP finally see light of the day ?