COAI's opposition to mobile portability beyond comprehension:Rcom

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Mumbai Nov 13 (UNI) Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications came down heavily on the Cellular Operators Association of India's (COAI) stand that the government's move to allow number portability is aimed at helping a particular operator looking to enter the GSM space.

In a statement issued by Rcom here today, the firm said that newer GSM players like Aircel and Spice would benefit the most as they seek to enter new circles.

''Aircel, Idea, Spice will benefit most from mobile number portability on launch of services in new circles,''the statement said.

The Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group firm also accused the COAI of having a monopolistic, anti-competition and anti-consumer mindset.

''COAI's opposition to mobile number portability is beyond comprehension... customers are nobody's monopoly, they should have freedom of choice,'' the CDMA major said.

The government had yesterday announced that the mobile number portability, under which users would be able to switch operators while retaining their existing cell phone numbers, would be allowed by next year.


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