The Union Minister for Communications and IT, Mr A Raja, on Friday announced that mobile number portability would be introduced by the first week of May in Chennai and Bangalore. The MNP implementation got delayed due to certain issues related to getting security clearances. This was announced during the launch of BSNL’s 3G services in Bangalore. He added that, the issue regarding 3G spectrum allocation would be sorted out this week.
BSNL is the first telecom operator to launch the 3G services in India. BSNL is investing Rs 2700 crore on the 3G rollout in 700 cities. Already, 300 cities have been covered in the North and East. In the South, the services have been launched in Kerala, Chennai and Bangalore and will soon be rolled out across Karnataka. He said that the number of telephone connections in the country was expected to touch 600 million in another two months, he pointed out.