Draft rules for full mobile number portability issued by TRAI

By January 25th, 2015 AT 11:56 AM

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued draft regulations to facilitate full mobile number portability (MNP), which is set to start from May 3. Currently, MNP norms allow users to retain their numbers while changing their operators within the same service area. India has 22 telecom circles or service areas.


The full or nationwide mobile number portability (MNP) will allow consumers to change service provider in any part of the country while retaining their existing number. Under the full MNP regime, a subscriber in Delhi NCR, for instance, will be able to switch to the network of either the same or any other telecom operator in a different state while retaining the same mobile number.

On November 3, 2014 the Department of Telecom (DoT) had issued amendments to the MNP License Agreement and asked telecom operators to implement full MNP within a period of six months from the date of amendment. Two months ago, DoT said that in order to implement full MNP, the word ‘each intra’ is modified to be read as ‘inter and intra’ in the instructions for MNP, which were issued on May 6, 2009.

In the new amendment, the telecom regulator wants to introduce a clause to safeguard interest of postpaid mobile service users who face disconnection in a new network even after clearing all their dues of their old service provider. The telecom regulator has sought public comments on the subject by February 6, 2015. Over 13 crores people had requested for MNP facility as of August 31, as per the data released by the TRAI.

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This means on may 3, finally nationwide MNP will be there. This is a necessity not understood and appreciated by all. Some think why burden all customer by free roaming or bringing nationwide mnp. Because of existing system, people even the companies don’t see the bigger picture. They make money out of roaming and at the same time cry foul of low ARPU which is because of people having multiple sim cards. This also effects quality of service. It was never thought that 9 series mobile number will extinct in 50 years and we already have 7 series numbers on… Read more »


full mnp means we can get relife from roaming. plz suggest roaming will finishes or not.


Still the roaming concept will be there as circle remains same. For example, if Delhi subscriber is porting-out in any network of Chennai, than he become Chennai subscriber. If same subscriber has visit Delhi than Delhi is roaming circle for subscriber even though his MSISDN (MSC circle code) series is belongs to Delhi.


@ SHAYAN – I disagree. If a DELHI number is ported to CHENNAI the entire concept of STD (as we know it today) will cease to exist. This would also necessitate that Roaming too gets abolished.

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