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Mobile phone numbers transferable from this year


A certain degree of Mobile Number Portability (MNP) which enables mobile telephone users to retain their mobile telephone numbers when changing from one mobile network operator to another will be implemented within this year, according to Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRC) officials and officials of the fifth mobile operator, Bharti Airtel Lanka (Airtel).

"We are to introduce MNP very soon where a consumer can shift networks without changing their seven numbers which come after the prefix and this will possibly be within this year," a senior TRC official told The Sunday Times FT.

Manoj, Kohli, CEO and Joint Managing Director Bharti Airtel Ltd confirmed this. "The next step for the government and the TRC is to expedite MNP. We made a request to the government and the TRC for MNP and the response is positive. We feel that within this year it will done," he told The Sunday Times FT

The TRC official said that the regulator has requested relevant data for the MNP process from all operators. “With this there is a ownership the customer possesses to his/her number,” he said.

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