TRAI revises regulations for Mobile Number Portability, to make postpaid MNP process easier

By February 26th, 2015 AT 2:08 AM

Telecom regulatory authority of India has yesterday issued the 6th amendment to the Telecommunication Mobile Number Portability Regulation which was in place since 2009. The DOT had notified all telecom operators on 3rd November 2014 to prepare their systems for the implementation of full Pan India number portability to be in place in six months from the date of issue of the notification which comes to 3rd May 2015. This date has been made official by TRAI in the latest amendment.


TRAI had also floated a consultation paper to the operators regarding the handling of issues pertaining to disconnection of postpaid numbers in case of the bill not being settled with the donor network before porting to the recipient network and regarding the lock-in period with the new operator before porting the number again. With the inputs received from the operators, TRAI has issued new guidelines with regards to these issues as well in the 6th amendment.

How revise regulation will help customers?

Under the revised regulations if a postpaid subscriber who is porting his number is a defaulter of the donor network and has not settled the final bill, the donor network has the right to give a disconnection notice to the subscriber through the recipient network in a span of 30 days from the due date of the final bill. If the subscriber settles the bill with the donor network within 15 days from the date of issuance of notice, his services with the recipient network will continue uninterrupted, but in the case of non-settlement of dues post the 15 day period will lead to disconnection of services with the recipient network. If the donor does not issue the disconnection notice within 60 days of the due date of the final bill, it is no longer entitled to do so. The lock-in period between two consecutive number porting requests which was initially 90 days has now been reduced to 60 days.

Also read: MNP: One nation, one number by May 2015

Let us know your views and opinions through your comments about the full Pan India Number Portability which is finally being implemented on 3rd May after such a long wait.

Esmail is our very own in-house spectrum specialist. He is passionate about Telecom, DTH and OTT video streaming apps. When not writing an article, you can find him binge watching shows on Netflix while sipping on a cup of coffee.

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Hi I was using idea postpaid. I gave request in the month of March 2016 for portability to airtel. I cleaared all my dues. My mobile number has been shifted to airtel. After 7 months I got a call from advocate of idea that y had balance 1161/ .pay it or we ll move y to the court. Mine question is after if there was any pending amount how my number has beenshifted to airtel. Had not airtel person took the clearance from idea. Also is it not the duty of idea company to send me reminder if there is… Read more »

Dinesh Lund
Dinesh Lund

Recently Reliance CDMA upgrade their No. in GSM. I have upgrade my no. from Reliance CDMA to Reliance GSM but here my concern is I am not getting proper network of Reliance GSM in home as well as in Office. Now I would like to Port gain my No. in any other Network but they had lock in period. Is their any other way how I can port my No. Please suggest.

avinash aror
avinash aror

I am facing same problem but a consumer had no right to port the number before lock in period

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