NTP 2012 likely to get nod today
By insightVAS - Thu May 24, 11:25 am
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The Union Cabinet is set to take up the New Telecom Policy, 2012 and Unified Licensing Regime, today. If it gets the nod, more than 930 million mobile subscribers will be able to enjoy country wide number portability and national roaming.
Under the current mobile number portability (MNP) scheme, a subscriber can only change his operator within a circle. If a subscriber shifts from one state to another, he can not avail MNP facility. But under the new proposed NTP, full MNP regime comes into place, a subscriber would be able to change his operator while retaining his number even if he moves states.
According to the data provided by TRAI, MNP has proved successful so far as till the end of March close to 42 million subscribers went for MNP.
This isn’t it, one more benefit that this new NTP will bring to the subscriber is that it would allow a subscriber to roam free throughout the country. Currently, a subscriber has to pay up to R1 per minute as roaming charges.
NTP 2012 proposes to de-link spectrum from licences, give industry liberal mergers and acquisition norms. Also, it has been proposed that it would reduce the number of different licences used for providing various kinds of services using the airwaves.
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