The Government decided to implement inter-service area mobile
number portability. In this context, Telecom Regulatory Authority
of India ("TRAI") brought out the Telecommunication
Mobile Number Portability (Sixth Amendment), 2015 on January 23,
2015 seeking comments of stakeholders for facilitating full MNP.
Primarily, necessary amendments to the MNP service license were
issued by DoT wherein it was stated that it would be implemented in
the country within six months from the said amendment. In addition,
DOT has incorporated the following in the amendment:
There is a reduction in timelines for
number return process i.e. under the old regulations, after
disconnection of the mobile network, the number had to be returned
to the number range holder within ninety days. This time period now
stands reduced to 60 days.
In case a post paid subscriber
defaults in the payment, Donor Operator (DO) may request for
disconnection of the ported mobile number. The limitation period is
set at 30 days for issuing notice to mobile owner for payment and
60 days is the ceiling cap for the DO to bring forth the issue of
non-payment. The recipient operator, on the other hand, will give a
notice of 15 days to the subscriber to honour commitments to the
DO, failing which the recipient operator will disconnect
PSA view – Just about 110.8 million, or
12 per cent, of the 924 million mobile users in India use roaming
services and the people who relocate is about a tenth of these.
Nationwide mobile number portability will benefit only these 110
million users initially. MNP might be a cause of worry to the
service providers, since the telecom companies will lose out on
roaming revenue. Further, telecom operators are facing difficulty
in making technical changes to their networks to include national
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