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Syniverse to provide mobile number portability for India

Syniverse has been selected by the India Department of Telecommunications to implement mobile number portability in the country. Number portability, clearing house and centralised database solutions will be Syniverse's responsibility for the next ten years.

India's Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has selected Syniverse Technologies 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 ten years.

Because of 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 keep their numbers when changing from one operator to another.

Sanjay Kasturia, who heads Syniverse's India operations, said that "in addition to meeting the country's needs for world-class number portability services, Syniverse has a growing presence in India, providing data clearing services to all of the country's CDMA operators...We look forward to leveraging our more than 20 years of experience working with operators around the globe to implement these important new services...This certainly is an exciting time for India's mobile marketplace..."

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