Mobile number portability

The move to allow number portability will help the Indian consumer ease the 'lock in' imposed by the lack of the same. Till now, every time an India mobile subscriber needed to change his Service provider, he would think twice as that would have meant losing out on his existing mobile telephone number.

Telecom Service providers as expected are not at all enthused by this proposed move. Though cellular penetration is not as high in India as developed countries, with the cellular market still not mature, that is no reason to deny the consumer this facility. Netherlands, for instance, introduced number portability when cellular penetration was under 10 per cent.

The Indian cellular consumer doesn't care whether the markets are mature or not. Its now more power to him and cheers to that.


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