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TRAI fixes Nov 29 as deadline for porting out Loop customers


New Delhi, Nov 7 (PTI) Telecom regulator TRAI has fixed midnight of November 29 as deadline for subscribers of Loop Mobile to shift to other networks while retaining their numbers by using the MNP facility.

Loop Mobile’s permit in Mumbai is expiring on November 29 as it did not purchase spectrum in February auction which was mandatory for continuing its operations.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India today directed Mobile Number Portability service provider “not to process the request for porting in respect of mobile telephone numbers belonging to Loop Mobile…as donor operator after 23:59:59 hours of 29th November”.

It has also agreed to the demand of Loop Mobile of providing with bulk MNP codes to transfer its over 10 lakh customer base in Delhi before its licence expires on November 29. TRAI has allowed Loop Mobile to use an additional service provider code ‘F’ in addition to its existing code ‘L’ to enable it to generate more than 5 lakh codes at a time.

Telecom major Bharti Airtel this week called off the deal to acquire business and assets of Mumbai-based Loop Mobile including subscribers for about Rs 700 crore, pending clearances by the Department of Telecom.

DoT estimates that Loop Mobile and its sister concern Loop Telecom owe about Rs 808 crore in spectrum and other charges to the government.


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