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TRAI issued 6th Amendment to Telecommunication Mobile Number Portability Regulation, 2009

Feb 26, 2015 15:16 IST

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on 25 February 2015 issued 6th Amendment to the Telecommunication Mobile Number Portability Regulation, 2009. This amendment will facilitate full MNP (Pan-India Portability) across India with effect from 3 May 2015.

With this, subscribers will be able to retain the same mobile number on relocating to anywhere in India although they can change their service provider.

At present, number portability within a telecom circle is only possible and the subscriber has to pay roaming charges plus applicable STD call rates when he carries the number outside the home circle.

Amendments to facilitate Pan-India Portability includes

  • In case a post-paid subscriber who has ported his number defaults in the payment of his previous bill which was due to the Donor Operator (previous service provider from whom the subscriber has ported out), the Donor Operator has to give a notice within a period of 30 days of due date of payment of its outstanding bill.  
  • After a lapse of 60 days from the due date of payment of the outstanding bill, the Donor Operator will not be entitled to raise non-payment disconnection requests with the Recipient Operator.
  • For a post paid subscriber who has defaulted payment to the Donor Operator, the Donor operator will request the Recipient operator to disconnect the ported number.
  • The Recipient Operator in turn will give a notice of 15 days for making such payment, failing which the outgoing services of such subscriber will be debarred for a period of 15 days.  
  • In case the subscriber fails to make payment within these 15 days, his mobile number will be disconnected permanently by the Recipient Operator.

Background

The Telecommunication Mobile Number Portability Regulation, 2009 was amended following the recommendations of TRAI to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). TRAI had recommended DoT to implement Full MNP/National MNP and suggested amendments in the the licenses of MNP service providers and mobile service providers.

Further, the amendments were issued by the DoT on 3 November 2014 to the MNP License Agreement and now the Full MNP needs to be implemented across India within a period of 6 months from the date of amendment to the Licenses, that is 3  May 2015.

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