No More MNP for Customers on Closed Network of Mobile Operators Who Lost Licenses : TRAI

Mobile customers of Uninor, MTS India, Videocon and some others operators whose licenses were canceled by Supreme Court on February 2, 2012 in many circles and they failed to get fresh spectrum for respective circles, will no longer be able to port out from closed networks by opting Mobile Number Portability.


India’s telecom watchdog Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued directive to all existing mobile service providers to stop accepting porting request of mobile numbers that were allocated to telecom companies whose licenses to operate stands cancelled as per Supreme Court order.

TRAI said that “all the Mobile Number Portability service providers not to process and all the Unified Access Service Providers (telecom operators)…not to entertain request for porting in respect of mobile telephone numbers belonging to the service providers.”

TRAI has asked to stop accepting porting request from Tata Teleservices (3 service area), Uninor (15 service area), Videocon (11 service area), Loop Telecom (13 service area), Etisalat DB known as Cheers Mobile (15 service area), S Tel (5 service area) and SSTL -MTS India (10 service area) where the companies lost their licences and failed to get fresh spectrum in recent auction.

According to TRAI :

  • A MNP request can be processed only when the number is on active network.
  • As per Mobile Number Portability (MNP) rules, “the licensee (MNP operators) shall in no case provide MNP service to any telecom service provider whose licence is either terminated or suspended or not in operation at any point.

Note : SSTL / MTS India  has made a request to Department of Telecom (DoT) to allow continue operation for 30 days from 11th March, 2013 for enabling customers to port out in all circles wherein they failed to get fresh spectrum / license to continue.

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  • Raghuram August 3, 2013 12:48 am

    Telecomtalk have to take up this issue with Authorities and request TRAI to give more licenses and more players with complete openness .

  • Raghuram August 3, 2013 12:45 am

    most of the operators have lost the license as otherwise the Call rates would have been cheaper. After most of the operators lost license the A-VO-ID has started increasing the rates as they want 2p/sec and even sometimes 3p/sec .I am not complaining but AVOID is increasing the rates as they want. TRAI should interfere and say that if u have one tariff u should keep it for 6 months/1 year the tariff and after that according to the market needs.

  • Sathish, TN. August 2, 2013 11:45 pm

    Finally, which operators got more customers from MNP. . . Here who is the loser!

  • NEHA SALVI March 22, 2013 7:24 pm

    All the other service providers are unable to process uninor mumbai port out request from 13th March 2012. Those who couldnt port out their uninor mumbai number

    ,Kindly register ur complaint at TRAI- Department of telecomunication

    Also email at AND

  • Venkat March 14, 2013 10:49 am

    Trai is not watch dog. it is scratch dog.

  • Deep March 14, 2013 9:57 am

    What the hell is TRAI trying to do here??? why are the customer on the receiving end for the mistakes of the corrupt ministers and government authorities. Ask trai to execute orders against the people in the 2g scam first then punish the locals.

    • Inkalab March 14, 2013 12:33 pm

      Wakt agaya hai inko nangga karke raste pe daudane ka.

  • S.SUDHAKAR March 14, 2013 9:52 am

    I think the government and the dumb supreme court cancelled the licenses in order to delay the implementation of free roaming. If all operators function in all circles, all India roaming would have been easier.

    Now Aircel is in Tamilnadu and if we put Rs.49 roamfree pack (roaming incoming free for 30 days and Rs.0.01 per second calling benefits (hoam and roaming circle) valid for total of 180 days (not 180 + 30 days) will not be applicable in Kerala since Aircel has shutdown there. Then whats the use of free roaming?. Uninor Maharashtra is not giving home network benefits (like Tamilnadu – Chennai ; West Bengal – Kolkata) when roaming in Mumbai and is charging more for outgoing calls.

    From 2003 till 2009 the operators were allowed to choose any network in the roaming circle. For example : I had Aircel number and I was allowed to log in to SPICE, BPL / Hutch and also in Airtel in Karnataka in 2003.

    In 2003, local call and STD (upto 200 Km) was Rs.2.99 and STD from 201 Km to 400 Km was Rs.3.99 and above 400 Km was 4.99. During roaming we should add Rs.3.00 and 15% tax that is Rs.3.45 to the above rates. Incoming call also was charge the same rates above as in Airtel.

    But now the operators are allowing only on net inter circle roaming. They are charging more in case if we choose some other network. But they do not charge high rate when choosing other network via ICR tie-up. In this case call charge is marginally more. Thats all. Idea charges Rs.0.40 per minute when choosing Vodafone ICR network for making outgoing calls in Tamilnadu.

  • idris March 14, 2013 9:19 am

    Fuckkkk trai they created too many problems for telecom sector now lots of youth are jobless.It was better to have British Raj. Indian government totally sucks they are brainless monkeys and donkeys ruling India. Poor India will never progress.

  • Suman March 14, 2013 9:09 am

    Please telecom talk take this issue to authorities. .

  • altaf March 14, 2013 7:54 am

    Why should consumer bear for the mistakes of the govt. Why does not trai think logical its policies r mostly unlogical

  • saiesh March 13, 2013 11:25 pm

    What if incoming was not free, we would have not bothered if the operator loses its licence or not as mobile would be only personal only for near and dears…

  • shanoj March 13, 2013 9:00 pm

    this goverment has completely messed out the telecom industry.this goverment should be thrown out of power as soon as possible otherwise more and more worse things will happen not only in telecom industry but in many fields.

  • Amarjit March 13, 2013 2:29 pm

    Thank God, I ported my uninor no. before trai came up this anti consumer idea

  • Jagannath March 13, 2013 2:13 pm

    Is the government working for the people or against the people ??

    This new policy sucks…..

  • kingston March 13, 2013 2:08 pm

    Dear TTs, Do you know why operators are shutting down their service in many areas (Like Aircel)? Its due to poor policy of indian telecom. TARI give presure to operator to expand their service within 1 or 2 years. DoT allow new operators to run in tier 1 cities upto 10 years. If new operators are present in tier 1 cities then old oprators automatically decrease call rate and rural people also enjoy low call rate with old operator.

  • AkashDey March 13, 2013 1:23 pm

    Now this is a bad move by TRAI. Really disappointed. Customers must sue the authority.

  • KAPIL K. DEV March 13, 2013 1:20 pm

    Shaming for being an Indian where authorities are coming up with this kind of rules.

  • Rohit March 13, 2013 12:28 pm

    Just buy a new SIM. Thats what we would have done a few years ago before MNP.

  • raju March 13, 2013 12:24 pm

    This rule should have been framed before starting MNP,not now.

  • Sai March 13, 2013 12:04 pm

    HEIGHT OF STUPIDITY BY TRAI :- The rules which can be delayed would be first implemented and the ones which should be implemented first would be postponed and delayed(like ONE INDIA ONE PLAN).

  • Sai March 13, 2013 11:59 am

    TRAI best tries for putting the customer into troubles and would be very strict in implementing such rules first. TRAI sucks…!!

  • Bala March 13, 2013 11:50 am

    This is complete Bull shit, first you f***ked the operators and now they are F***king with the end users. Really a stupid move from TRAI. What will end users do when the providers cant get spectrum.

    If TRAI was this cautious they should have asked very operator to procure PAN india spectrum or leave india. Dont know where its gonna end. Sad day in history of indian telecom.