Tuesday, November 20, 2007

'Experience from mature markets suggests that MNP is unlikely to be a resounding success in the short term'

Will number portability port profits out of telcos?

We live in ‘interesting times,’ observes Mr Prashant Singhal, telecom industry leader in Ernst and Young (E&Y), applying a Chinese saying to the ‘number portability’ announcement.
“Interesting times, but good or bad?” you may wonder. “Either interpretation holds up well when applied to the recent policy statement on number portability by the Department of Telecom,” answers Mr Singhal, in an e-mail inter acion with Business Line.
“This exciting development in the telecom sector is bound to open new vistas for growth. It can be seen as a pragmatic policy move consistent with the movement in technology. But it might end up being a drain on the telcos’ profit sheets.”

Excerpts from the interview.

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