Draft rules for full mobile number portability issued by TRAI

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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Amiya Mishra
January 27, 2015 2:09 pm 2:09 PM
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 »
January 26, 2015 3:43 pm 3:43 PM

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

January 27, 2015 10:01 am 10:01 AM

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.

January 28, 2015 6:07 am 6:07 AM

@ 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.

January 25, 2015 2:49 pm 2:49 PM
The draft hasn’t clarified anything yet regarding procedures but has clarified- “(6) in case the Donor Operator receives the amount of the outstanding bill mentioned in sub-regulation (4), within fifteen days from the date of its request to the Recipient Operator under sub-regulation (5), it shall, immediately through Mobile Number Portability service provider, inform the Recipient Operator and request him not to disconnect the ported number.” In regulation 15 of the principal regulations, in sub-regulation (4) and sub-regulation (5), for the words “ninety days”, the words “sixty days” shall be substituted. 3. The draft sixth amendment regulations makes provision for… Read more »
January 25, 2015 5:00 pm 5:00 PM
@SS Thank you for the detailed sharing. from what I gather, the 90 to 60 days reduction is only for recycling of numbers (and not for the lockin period before one can port out again). Also the declaration by the port in subscriber (that he is the owner) is a good move, as I have myself been victim of a fraud where one of my premium numbers was fraudulently ported from RELIANCE GSM to IDEA CELLULAR (Kolkata) – and with no co-operation from either donor (Reliance) or recipient (Idea) networks – it took me 10 months (and almost 200 calls… Read more »
January 25, 2015 9:32 pm 9:32 PM
Yeah, i need to know the principal regulations to find out what exactly it is and regarding ownership recommendations TRAI, lets study the statements more clearly:- 1. “Stakeholders are requested…”- They are requesting the stakeholders (people affected) and ITS NOT their own guidelines. We know that operators would NEVER do anything that would complicate the process of gaining subscribers. Infact if there weren’t any regulations, they would have sold the SIM cards without any documents. They wouldn’t request amendment. 2. “….in future if it is found that the information given by the subscriber is incorrect, the number is liable to… Read more »
sonu singh
January 26, 2015 10:50 am 10:50 AM
that happens in the case of premium number of mobile operator license gets cancel from the circle if their number is fraudulently swapped ported out to some other network after the dis connection the msisdn goes to that parent operator.which can not retain any how…my MTS bihar number which i ported in Vodafone has been replaced by some vodafone employee and ported into idea.after trail idea disconnected that number and number goes to MTS.i get lost all my contact and had loss around 8 lacs..legal is pending against Vodafone no action has been taken DOT(term cell ) till date shame… Read more »