Customers Can Now Port Out From One Network to Another in Two Days as per New MNP Rules from Trai

After a long wait, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on Thursday revamped the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) rules. As per the new regulations, a customer can now port out from one network to another in just two days. Trai made the entire process faster and simpler and prescribed two days timeline for port out requests within a service area. Similarly, a timeline of four working days has been prescribed for requests for port out from one circle to other. The latest amendments to the Telecommunication Mobile Number Portability regulations form part of the regulator’s “continuous endeavour” to make the process more “subscriber-friendly”, according to a statement by the telecom regulator.


Telcos to Face Fine Up to Rs 10,000 for Wrongful Port Rejection

Each “wrongful rejection” of the request for porting will attract a penalty of up to Rs 10,000. “… porting timeline of two working days has been provisioned for the requests of Intra-Licensed Service Area (Intra-LSA) numbers except the requests made under corporate category and the timelines of four working days has been provisioned for all the porting requests of Inter-Licensed Service Area (Inter-LSA) numbers and corporate category,” Trai said.

Besides this, other major changes have been incorporated such as the validity of the Unique Porting Code or UPC has been brought down to four days instead of a fortnight prescribed earlier, for all circles except Jammu & Kashmir, Assam and North East, where the validity of the said code remains unchanged, it said.

“Process for withdrawal of porting requests has been made simpler and quicker through SMS (text message). For the cases of corporate porting, present limit of 50 numbers in single authorisation letter has been enhanced to 100 numbers per authorisation letter. Provisions for the financial disincentives have been broadened upon contravention of the provisions of MNP Regulations,” the regulator said.

Trai to Monitor Service Providers in the Case of MNP

Following the implementation of the latest regulation, suitable service quality parameters will be devised by Trai to monitor the role of MNP service providers and access providers in the new scenario, the statement said.

In recent times, we have seen a lot of small telcos such as Aircel, RCom and Tata Docomo shutting the wireless business in the country. In Chennai telecom circle, Aircel has the strong foothold followed by other telcos. Earlier this year, BSNL urged that customers in Chennai circle are facing some issues as Aircel is denying them to port out to the state-run telco, and the matter even reached Trai.

To recall, as per the existing MNP norms, a number can be ported from one network to another within seven days. Having said that, MNP process was never as swift as it sounds as several customers often face the absence of network issues even after the port out.

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Anked Arun Paralkar
December 15, 2018 7:05 pm 7:05 PM

When new MNP rule will be in effect?

Thamilan daa
December 15, 2018 3:30 pm 3:30 PM

Good comedy. All portins to BSNL are taking a total of more than 10 days.

Avinash Meena
December 16, 2018 10:54 pm 10:54 PM

No bro only 4 days. Superfast porting

M Hossain
December 16, 2018 3:45 pm 3:45 PM

I ported Idea to jio within 4 days. My father sim also done from vodafone to bsnl with in 4 days.

Bhawana Meena
December 16, 2018 12:39 am 12:39 AM


December 15, 2018 11:24 pm 11:24 PM
Went to buy new bsnl sim here in pune, the sim can only be found at the bsnl exchange only( what a shame). The exchange office was like a haunted house, there I met with 3 uncle and aunties out of which 2 were fighting over availability in office and wants to leave early. Checked with third auty, and she gave me 5-6 Sims of which the numbers were barely visible. I filed up the form and checked with her what FRC plan they have, she said 106 plan will give you ul calls and 2 gb data. I asked… Read more »
Kaushik IMA
December 18, 2018 5:32 pm 5:32 PM

Sarkaari, they will raise tax to save BSNL.

Are you surprised? This is what happens in India when you start selecting candidates based on a ridiculous examination’s scores (with all those “categories”). 🙂

Avinash Meena
December 16, 2018 10:57 pm 10:57 PM

Same ? experience in Ujjain bsnl csc dewas gate.

Priyansh Singh
December 16, 2018 9:15 am 9:15 AM

Sandy, Govt offices are like this only. They know they can be complacent and nobody will question them for this. Therefore they don’t give a damn about the people. Receiving hefty pay from the government and enjoying it better than the masses. Same is also the reason why Govt Vacancies are overcrowded with applicants. No work to do and handsome amount as pay. Dono haatho mein Laddu.

December 15, 2018 6:02 pm 6:02 PM

@Sudhakar I had ported Vodafone to BSNL and it took 5 days.. porting was done in Adyar BSNL exchange, porting fees 10 RS. Once mnp was completed after manually selecting cellone network I had recharged with 136Rs through phonepe and soon incoming calls and outgoing calls started working…!! (Secondary number only for calls)

Avinash Meena
December 16, 2018 10:58 pm 10:58 PM


Bhawana Meena
December 16, 2018 12:29 am 12:29 AM


Priyansh Singh
December 15, 2018 9:03 am 9:03 AM

Author, please don’t publish Docomo has closed its Business. People like me are still Active on their Network. Also they are in process of merging their telecom operations with another entity just like Telenor, we can’t even compare them to RCom and Airtel who ran away with the money of the masses.

December 15, 2018 11:53 pm 11:53 PM

@ Priyansh Singh
TATA group (Tata Docomo) is know for good business principle. The same cannot be said of Reliance group.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
December 16, 2018 7:22 pm 7:22 PM


Lalit K
December 16, 2018 9:35 am 9:35 AM


Priyansh Singh
December 16, 2018 9:18 am 9:18 AM

True that. Shutting down Operations without proper closure leads frustration among general public. Merger is better option or to sell their customer base.

TATA’s can’t be even compared to other Business Houses. Ethical and Moral Values still guides them. Therefore, you buy a TATA Product and minimal chances that you’ll regret later.