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Alcatel-Lucent Insists Cell Number be the Identification Number

Shoukath Koduvally
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Shoukath Koduvally
The mobile phone number may soon become an individual's identity number (ID) on account of its uniqueness, if Alcatel-Lucent's plans materialize. The company, which is a provider of telecommunication solutions, is working with the government of India to get its plan realized.

"It is significant since the number is unique and we already have around half a billion mobile customers in the country. It has the potential of touching the basis of human life, which is what an application should do," says Vivek Mohan, President, Alcatel-Lucent India.

According to Mohan, people in the hinterland are not used to laptops but they find it easier to use mobiles. "Post-3G, we can use mobiles to impart education. It is important to remember that technology can be an enabler and not just an end-to-end solution to the people," Mohan further adds.

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