Mobile Portability Rule Can Change, Recommended From Companies

Mobile Portability Rule Can Change, Recommended From Companies

New Delhi: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has started reviewing the fees associated with changing the telecom service provider. This review is being done to change the existing rules and procedures of Mobile Number Portability (MNP). TRAI has issued a consultation and asked the concerned parties to continue the fee of four rupees per port under the existing calculation method or to adopt the new calculation method. New service providers pay port fees to old service providers. TRAI has also asked that the request of the port be treated as a transaction fee or the status of successful port is given to it.

Easy Portability Rules in December 2018

In the past, some media reporters had also claimed that the MNP was to be closed by TRAI. It was stated in the report that MNP can be closed from TRAI on 31 March 2019. That is, after this date you will not be able to change your service provider. However these reports were later misconstrued. TRAI has made portability rules easy in December 2018 only. Now, mobile number can be ported in just two days after the request is generated. So far, its period is more than a week.

Charging was reduced in January 2018

In January 2018, TRAI reduced the charge of mobile number portability from Rs 19 to 4 rupees. Since then companies have suffered losses due to number portability. The only source of income for these companies is the charge. After the entry in Reliance Jio's telecom industry in 2017, there has been a four-fold increase in MNP's request on a monthly basis.

MNP increased by companies shutdown

With the closure of Reliance Communications, Tata Teleservices, Aircel and Telenor India, its customers have also changed their service provider through MNP. Telecom sector giants Bharti Airtel, Idea and Vodafone have found it difficult to stop their customers and make new customers. In such cases, these companies have tried to woo the tariff and get rid of attractive offers. The MNP process has been made quite easy, so that customers can easily switch to the service provider.


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