Number portability allows a subscriber to retain his number while choosing to avail services of a different operator. On the other hand, CAC allows the customer to pre-select his preferred long-distance service providers while making calls. Those were some of the long pending demands of the private operators.
The draft NTP has fixed a 12-month deadline for implementation of the number portability policy. It says, A suitable framework for the implementation of number portability will be put in place, no later than 12 months from the date of this policy.
Citing that several countries in the world have adopted the policy of number portability, the draft NTP says, Non-portability of numbers creates exit barriers (for consumers) and reduces effective competition in the market. It says the time is appropriate for introduction of number portability in India as the country is one of the largest telecom markets in the world, which has been de-regulated substantially in most segments.
| Number portability allows customer retain his phone number while choosing to avail services of other operator |
Carrier access code allows customer to pre-select his preferred long-distance service providers while making calls
It says, Each service provider will offer other service providers direct access to its customers for transport and value-added services (NLD, ILD, internet, DSL, etc). This will be enforced through the carrier access code and pre-selection methods.
Private players had earlier demanded unbundling of the last- mile connectivity on BSNL and MTNLs subscribers for offering broadband services to customers.