TRAI Recommends Pan India – Full Mobile Number Portability within 6 Months

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has today sent its recommendations on “One Nation – Full Mobile Number Portability” (Pan-India Number Portability) to DoT and suggested its implementations within six months.


If Department of Telecommunications (DOT) accepts TRAI’s recommendation, mobile service users can switch to any operator across India across any circle without changing the mobile number, even if that operator does not operate in their current telecom circle.

Presently, Mobile Number Portability (MNP) is available only with in the circle and if anyone wants to change mobile operator, they must choose between only those operators which are present in his telecom circle.

So Whenever any mobile service users changes his location or migrate to any other circle, he /she needs to acquire a new mobile number from operator of migrated circle, otherwise his /her existing mobile number will be under National Roaming inviting higher call charges for Incoming and Outgoing calls than a normal subscriber.

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 earlier TRAI sought inputs /comments from mobile service operators 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.

Telecom regulator TRAI has suggested that the Department of Telecom (DoT) may carry out necessary or required changes in the existing Mobile Number Portability (MNP) License for telecom operators and any other changes needed, so that “Full MNP” or Country Wide MNP can be launched within the next six months.

TRAI also also said that once ‘Full MNP’ is in place, mobile customers should be educated to dial numbers in the ‘+91′ format, so that the all calls get connected across the country without any trouble.

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  • Rao April 8, 2014 11:32 pm

    Dear TelecomTalk’r Any new updates on Pan India MNP?
    Full Mobile Number Portability within 6 Months

  • Al March 2, 2014 12:53 pm

    Dear All Telecomtalk people,

    Any new updates on Pan India MNP?

    There have been no updates since last year – the latest I came across was in December 2013. But there hasn’t been any news this year at all.

    Any indicators if Pan India MNP will be introduced in March-April 2014?

  • v lavanya November 5, 2013 10:32 pm

    Dear Sir,
    I am an Aircel customer for an year.Nowadays I am not getting signal inside my home andgetting erratic bills.So I thought of migrating to Vodafone.So I started giving porting code request since sep 2013.But everytime the porting code gets rejected . Iam also informed to pay unbilled dues .Even after paying also it gets rejected.what should I do in this.I have mailed to applleate Aircel Even then no response.Instead of plundering money from customers they can start begging.

    • SS November 6, 2013 9:00 am


      Why don’t know lodge a complaint on in Department of Telecommunication section. It would be dealt seriously. As you are postpaid, make sure you have cleared your dues (i even recommend you to make advanced payment) and you have no contractual obligations such as fancy number.

      Remember, no body can stop you from porting.

  • Jan September 27, 2013 6:04 am

    First launch pan india free roaming…then talk about MNP..

    There were so many recommendations in the telecom policy many of them hav been done..and how many pending..
    Can telecomtalk look into it and put a report ???
    Let people know the intentions of this Govt..

  • chandan September 26, 2013 6:09 pm

    Kamal kichad mein hi khilta hai aur 2014 mein bhi Kamal fir se khilega.

    Yaar MNP aise bhi allowed hogi kya ki same operator ka sim ek circle se dusrey circle mein ho jaye, jaise Airtel UP ka Airtel Delhi mein? Agar aisa naa huya toh koi fayda nahi. Apne ko toh yahi mangta…

  • Kaushik September 26, 2013 4:17 pm

    BJP is not at all a good option for congress. both are equaly corrupt and criminals in their parties.

  • dskushwaha September 26, 2013 3:11 pm

    Free roaming was not offered but teriff were increased citing free roaming. Now let us see if teriff can race ahead of petrol or not.

  • harsh September 26, 2013 2:58 pm

    this wont increase UPAs vote bank….nothing will be implemented in a short span of 6 months….bring MR. MODI this time….hope the golden era of consumer oriented telecom sector will be back soon

    • Kaushik September 26, 2013 4:07 pm

      Modi himslf is a corrupt. How he wil ride away the corrupt congress? Hahah my option is AAP

      • Ashish Rana from haryana September 26, 2013 4:57 pm

        delhi me 4 se jada seat nhi le payenge AAP wale loksabha to bohot dur ki baat h…… yeah BJP is also corrupt but it is the only party which can defeat congress and will make government in 2014…. for now we want to get rid of this this congress who rulled country for 60 years and BJP is the only option left for us …thats why most of people are in favour of Modi …

        • gaurav September 26, 2013 11:02 pm


      • Jan September 27, 2013 6:01 am

        AAP..haha funny…
        In how many states does they have a notable presence…

  • DEBASISH September 26, 2013 12:41 pm

    Good news Bafna. I am doing research work on Pan MNP. Urs comment and more news on MNP is appreciated.

  • chandan September 26, 2013 9:57 am

    yeh wahi banda hai naa jo 100 din mein bsnl ka uthaar karne ki baat karta tha? yeh bas badbola hai kuch bhi bolta hai news mein rehne ke liye. chal bhaag yaha se. bsnl ki barbaadi ki kahani likhta rehta hai… sabse ghatiya peyada saabit huya yeh. isko kisne de di telecom ministry. education minister banke isne education barbaad kar di. ab telecom. No. 1 mukarney wala banda hai… Ab toh Congress bhagayo aur BJP layo.

    • SS September 26, 2013 12:24 pm


      Waiting for Mr Modi….. :-)

    • gaurav September 26, 2013 12:28 pm


    • gaurav September 26, 2013 12:35 pm

      Mr. Sibal from Chandni Chowk To China

  • Piyush September 26, 2013 9:31 am

    Mr. Sibal is looting us. I think A. RAJA was better becoz at his time tariff plans were much cheaper.

    • gaurav September 26, 2013 12:29 pm


  • Simon September 26, 2013 1:41 am

    Its just another propaganda issued by time to time only .
    in terms of QoS , No separate arrangement yet been reflected where as current Poring request for Corporate Customer implemented but no amendment made in case of individual as stated earlier to reduce within 24 hrs but still facing average 10-15 even more as well as availability of appleat authority via C.C not full fledged effect .on other side recommendation for another effective governing body granted (other than existing TRAI ) Pls don’t make us to treat these joke of the month rather than act in real manner .

  • gaurav September 25, 2013 11:04 pm

    Mr. sibal Ab maar hi daaloge kya?? Mr. Sibal had committed to provide free roaming in all over india till March 2013. But free Roaming plan is not implemented till date. Now Telecom is planning to provide one nation – Full MNP with in six months. Let’s see. But it is totally day dreaming & impossible task.

  • Akhil Mohan September 25, 2013 9:02 pm

    Its all gimmicks to show that there is a so called DoT in India. If they are interested in serving customers they would have done something about the quality of services. Its just another govt department which consumes nation’s resources.They don’t have any idea what their role is. Just issues some press releases now and then.

  • pradeep September 25, 2013 8:36 pm

    sure this gonna happen
    After 6 months…
    We will surely implement this will be the news again…
    “(TRAI) has today sent its recommendations on “One Nation – Full MNP” (Pan-India Number Portability) to DoT and suggested its implementations within next six months.”
    …. All usual old stocks.
    Alas TRAI will drop the plan completely :(
    ALas change in government bcoz of election..
    new policy new plan by TRAI

  • SS September 25, 2013 8:11 pm

    Well, the same was said to be implemented in feb i guess but now its oct+6months.

    I don’t think so its gonna be implemented even after 6months. Its a difficult task since the no. series of every circle is different.

  • Esmail September 25, 2013 7:19 pm

    Well they had said similar things about nation wide free roaming, and then they kept pushing the implementation dates ahead, and then finally they just ended up making the operators launch STV’s for free incoming in roaming, rather than abolishing the Roaming concept from grass root level. I am expecting the same thing to happen with Nation wide MNP.

  • aks September 25, 2013 6:40 pm

    Just want to say…
    6 month… Ha Ha Ha…..

  • Sreenivasa Reddy September 25, 2013 5:58 pm

    Hope that it gets implemented even after 1 year. Our Indian government is committed to only words but not to works .

  • Kingston September 25, 2013 5:43 pm

    6 months? Already Kapil Sibal told nationwide MNP from march 2013. Now its another six months. If they tell six months it will take 12 months to implement. Where is Mr.Kabil Sibal and his foolish policies in telecom? He did not achieve even a single promise like free roaming without booster pack and MNP. With his support only today private operators hiking call charges every month like petrol price.

  • sAm September 25, 2013 5:38 pm

    Yes within six months..!!
    Letz c !!