Number Portability suffers setback in India

The most prospective venture of TRAI and vision-mission of the new minister, Shri Dayanidhi Maran got sworn in as the ‘Telecommunications Minister’, “Number Portability” in India (where customers can retain the same number even switching between different providers) seems to be suffering a setback. While DoT claims a very low tele-density of 11% which might add costs to the network, there might be actual bureaucratic red tape procedures that might be playing havoc to the prospective telecom venture and potentially bright telecom project, that would put Indian Telecom on the progress roads in the globe.

They seem to be suggesting like “If it is so urgent, call forwarding facility should be considered as an alternative on mobile phones where the burden will be minimum on the consumers as well as on the operators“. And private operators seems to be dancing amuck with Call Forwarding being refused to state-owned BSNL/MTNL besides hefty call charges and STD components. Check out this URL for more details. And this comes directly in violation of Judicial recommendation too.

Let us wait and see how TRAI and Ministry of Telecommunications is going to recommend to this veto and how they ensure that this very bright and noble project gets launched to see its Go-Live.