MNP due by 3 May

26 Feb 2015

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has unveiled plans to implement full pan-India mobile number portability (MNP) by 3 May 2015. MNP services were introduced in India in early 2011, but the transfer of numbers between operators currently restricts users to porting within the operating area – a customer cannot transfer their number from one provider in Mumbai to another in Haryana, for example. In June 2014, however, the Telecom Commission green-lit plans to introduce the TRAI’s ‘one nation, one number’ policy for full nationwide MNP. As such, the regulator issued the necessary amendments to the MNP licence agreement on 3 November 2014, with full MNP to be implemented within six months of that date (i.e. 3 May 2015). The TRAI has also responded to comments from industry stakeholders and has amended the 2009 MNP regulations, tweaking the rules surrounding the disconnection of porting customers that default on their payments to the donor operator.