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Can we assume that our Mobile Phone Number will be our Identity Number. As the Government is working on Number Portabillity it is easy to convert our Mobile Phone Number as our Id No. If Alcatel-Lucent's plans go well we may have it very short. But it is still in the conceptual stage. "We are working with the government of India so that mobile number can be used as Id Number of a person," said Alcatel-Lucent India president Vivek Mohan. The company is a global provider of telecommunications solutions to service providers, enterprises and governments. "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 to touch the basis of human life, which is what an application should do," Mohan said at ongoing EmTech India seminar organised by media house CyberMedia here. According to Mohan, the situation was expected to change with telecom operators focusing on new technologies and applications that cater to the specific needs of consumers. "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." Maintaining that the next wave of growth is likely to come from the rural India, Mohan said: "It is certainly not charity. It makes good business. It is the right time to develop such technologies and applications. India can actually become a hub for these applications."


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