Syniverse Selected To Provide Mobile Number Portability In India

The India Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has selected Syniverse Technologies, a provider of business and technology solutions for the global telecommunications industry, as one of two companies that will implement mobile number portability (MNP) services in the country. Syniverse was awarded a letter of intent to provide India’s telecommunications operators with number portability clearing house and centralised database solutions for the next 10 years.

Due to the project’s enormous scale, the DoT divided the country into two geographic zones for number portability implementation, each of which will be handled by a different MNP provider. Each zone is further broken down into 11 service areas that represent cities within the zone. Zone 1 will cover the northern and western regions of the country, while Zone 2 will include the south and east.

Syniverse was selected to receive the licence for Zone 1, which includes the service areas of Delhi, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Gujarat and seven others. The MNP implementation will first focus on the larger metropolitan service areas before moving into the more rural locations.

As an operator-neutral third party, Syniverse will maintain an accurate, rapid and seamless number porting process for both Indian operators and their subscribers, facilitating the transfer of telephone numbers when subscribers wish to retain them when changing from one operator to another.

Raymond Cheung, executive vice president and CEO for Syniverse Asia Pacific, said, "Not only does Syniverse already have experience providing the technical infrastructure behind number portability, but we have also implemented additional critical operator-side MNP gateway systems for individual mobile operators to ensure their own systems are able to provide subscribers with seamless, end-to-end portability".

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Updated Date: Jan 31, 2017 02:12:34 IST