State Minister for Post and Telecommunication Tarana Halim says it might take February or March next year to introduce Mobile Number Portability (MNP). The Prime Minister’s Office cleared the matter and now a ‘licence guideline’ and a nod from the finance ministry on financials aspect are pending, she said on Wednesday.“We hope that subscribers will be able to get the facility by February or March next year or even before,” the minister told reporters.She said a separate entity will handle the matter. A licence for it will be issued through bidding.Any registered Bangladeshi company or entities owned by Non-Resident Bangladeshis can take part in the bidding, said Halim.Foreign companies, interested to bid, must have a Bangladeshi partner. In this case, the foreign partners can own maximum 51 percent stake and they have to arrange funds from overseas. The minister said companies must have at least three years’ experience of providing MNP services in any country.“The annual licence renewal fee will be Tk 2 million. And from the second year of operations, the company will have to share 5.5 percent revenue with the government.