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October 23, 2018

TRAI wants telecom operators to implement pan-India number portability within six months

Now, the mobile user will able to retain full use of his existing phone number, even when he switches service providers as Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Wednesday proposed that telecom service providers will have six months time to implement full mobile number portability.

Mobile Number Portability (MNP) allows a subscriber to retain his mobile telephone number when he moves from one Access Provider to another irrespective of the mobile technology or from one cellular mobile technology to another of the same Access Provider. Presently the facility of MNP is restricted to the licensed service area only.

Full Mobile Number Portability is an enhanced mobile number portability solution that will allow you to retain full use of your existing phone number, even when you switch service providers. As such, you will not have to go through the hassle of updating all your contacts on a new number from your new service provider.

Prepaid and postpaid mobile subscribers can make use of this solution to retain their original phone numbers. However, the service is only applicable for prepaid to prepaid and postpaid to postpaid mobile subscribers only.

It said that after the full mobile number portability (inter-service area portability) is implemented the recipient operator will forward the porting request to the MNPSP of the zone to which original number range holder (the Telecom Service Provider to which the number originally belonged before its first porting) belongs.

Trai said that testing fee for testing the various scenarios in full MNP may be reduced to 25% of the current prescribed Fee for TSPs and MNPSPs.

In accordance with the provisions contained in the National Telecom Policy-2012 regarding “One Nation- Full Mobile Number Portability”, TRAI received a reference from the DoT vide its letter dated 27th Dec 2012, seeking the recommendations of TRAI under TRAI Act for implementing full Mobile Number Portability i.e. MNP across licensed service areas.

In this regard, TRAI sought views from stakeholders on various issues in the implementation of Full MNP such as suitable method for implementing inter-service area porting, issues relating to processing of porting requests, routing and charging of calls, amendments required in the existing license conditions of the MNP service license, generation of Unique Porting Code (UPC) by a roaming subscriber, modifications required in the present regulation etc.