Carry your number: Country Wide MNP is Due in October 2013

The Indian government is looking to rollout Pan India Mobile Number Portability by October 2013. Under the ‘National Telecom Policy 2012’, the policies to govern the telecom industry, the government had envisaged implementing nation-wide MNP, or inter-circle MNP. Implementation of MNP will provide wider choices to the subscribers, apart from bringing in a higher degree of competition in the industry as it would compel operators to provide affordable and competitive tariffs, NTP document said.

MNP India 2013

TRAI, in its pre-consultation paper, had sought inputs from stakeholders on tariff for national roaming services including cost components of call rates to be considered, the manner of cost recovery in case incoming calls are to be made free, the tariff for video calls and SMS while roaming, need for permitting special tariff vouchers for roaming customers.

At present, service providers pay various charges such as termination and interconnect charges for calls to other networks, which is finally billed to the customer. India, which has 22 circles, had rolled out MNP within circles in early 2011 that permits a user to switch to a different operator while retaining the same phone number.

India was expected to rollout nation-wide by February this year (2013). Along with nation-wide MNP, the government is also looking at abolishing roaming charges.

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  • hardeep March 10, 2013 1:11 pm

    when roaming is made free, ie india is made one circle, which telecom minister says is happening in oct, inter circle mnp is automatically achieved?! whats left to be done…..?

  • Sampat March 10, 2013 10:09 am

    Kam se kam ek to abhi kar do ya ye bhi 2014 ke liye rakha hai

  • dskushwaha March 10, 2013 7:36 am

    Only carry your number, leave cheaper existing call plan and favorite operator (as your existing operator may not have licence in desired Telecom circle you are visiting/ settle).
    Solution is Single Telecom Circle Across India…

  • dskushwaha March 10, 2013 7:28 am

    Launching free roaming and nation wide MNP instead of Single Circle for India is of not benefit. I foresee some probable outcomes of this:

    1. If you are in transferable job you are benefited only to carry your mobile no. to new circle by MNP and enjoy free incoming during your leave.
    2. You loose your existing rate plan (which is cheaper as call rates are now in increasing mode).
    3. Even though incoming while roaming will be free but you may be charged higher for outgoing calls.
    4. Some operator are charging extra for outgoing call if you happen to be using some other network (which is operators fault and not of subscriber), they will continue to do so.

  • S.Sudhakar March 9, 2013 10:46 pm

    To all :

    You are only interested in free roaming and nationwide MNP. Think about the operators’ point of view. How will it be fair if government abolishes roaming charges and still charges spectrum fee for each circle?. First of all India must be one circle and spectrum fees should be charged as the average sum of the spectrum fees for all the circles (that is the sum of the spectrum fees for all the operating circles divided by the number of the operating circles).

    • V.P.Guru March 10, 2013 7:17 am

      I too recommend to establish one country, one license, one spectrum policy. With that policy we can reallocate or reuse around 200 spectrum bands. There is no need to waste 200 of spectrum band only in GSM telecom. It may reallocate for various departments like CBI, NSA, Army, Medical, Railways, Govt., Services, etc.,
      There is chance of getting nation wide operators’ and at the same time small operators like loop, HFCL may get vanished or merged with biggies are some unfavorable causes behind in it…

  • Jay March 9, 2013 8:42 pm

    Will the distinction between Local & STD be removed, atleast after that?? Similarly, prefixing “0″ or “+91″ be removed when doing this, else it’s going to create unwanted confusions !!

    I have one question for telecom experts. Most operators provide separate rate cutters for Local & STD. In most cases STD rate cutters are charged more. Will the operator be actually charged more, if the called no. is a STD no. ??

    • SS March 9, 2013 9:15 pm

      take it easy man, its not going to implement soon, and even if is implemented, the policy of STD and Local will still continue as our country is still divided in circles.

      +91 will never will be removed as its country code.

      • Jay March 10, 2013 1:19 am

        I know about “+91″ being our country code, but to dial a STD no. “0″ or “+91″ being prefixed is mandatory. Now, my friend moves on to a diff circle, with his old no. and if I have his number stored to my contact just as a plain 10 digit no. without any prefixing 0 or +91, I’ll be unable to call him, and I’d get an invalid no. msg !!

        This is the case with our current STD no.s. “If at all” they implement this inter circle MNP, then this should be taken care off. I wonder why should we ever prefix the “0″ or “+91″ before a STD mobile no ?? After all the 10 digit no. is going to identify the subscriber !! Any tech gurus, please enlighten me on this one plz…

        • SS March 10, 2013 9:48 pm

          If your friends move to a different circle with his old number, you can still dial his number with plain 10 digit pattern as the call will be routed from his origin circle to his new circle!

          • DB March 11, 2013 1:17 pm

            SS, let us take an example of UAE – a mobile user in DUBAI dials 0-5xxxxxxxx whether he is calling a number in Dubai, Sharjah etc. Similarly a customer in INDIA – whether in MUMBAI or CHENNAI would still need to dial 0-xxxxxxxxxx.
            Apart from this, the INTERNATIONAL FORMAT would also work.

  • max March 9, 2013 8:20 pm

    why there is a need to implement this, they should simple merge all 22 circles into one, unified licensing, free roaming, uniform tariff across all India that’s it

  • Kirti Raj Chahar March 9, 2013 4:32 pm

    It sounds good!!!
    but i think this is not going to happen this year, because UPA-2 is not interested to boost up Indian telecom sector.