TRAI releases draft MNP proposals

1 Jul 2009

According to India’s Economic Times, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has revealed draft legislation for the introduction of mobile number portability (MNP). Having previously indicated that it expected MNP to be implemented by 20 September 2009 in all metros and some states, the TRAI has fleshed out the details of the impending regulations. Under the proposals customers will only be permitted to switch providers after 90 days of service from their existing service provider, and will face a further 90 day wait if wanting to switch again. Subscribers will be required to submit a request in writing to their provider, which will then be responsible for carrying out a series of mandatory checks, including identity verification. The switching process must be completed within five days. Subscribers will face a fee for the service, although the level of this charge has not yet been decided; estimates for the fee are between INR250 (USD5.18) and INR400 (USD8.29). The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has already selected two companies – Syniverse Technologies and MNP Interconnect – to implement and manage MNP.