‘Uninor’s customers can opt for MNP’

Over 1 crore Uninor customers, whose mobile phone services have been disconnected as the company shut down operations, can opt for mobile number portability service and switch to other operators, said a top government official.

"The customers can certainly make request for porting out their number...that is something we will try and work out," Telecom Secretary R Chandrashekhar said in response to a query over the fate of customers of Uninor.

Uninor had to shut down operations across the country,except six telecom circles, following the Supreme Court order in the 2G spectrum allocation case.

Later, the apex court asked telecom operators who did not participate or win spectrum in the November 2012 auction to close their operations immediately.

As per data released by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, the company had over 4 crore customers at the end of December. Of these around 3 crore customers were in six service areas — Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Maharashtra excluding Mumbai, Uttar Pradesh.

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