Now Pay Less to Port Mobile Number to Other Network in India
TRAI has slashed the MNP prices from Rs 19 to Rs 4. 
TRAI has slashed the MNP prices from Rs 19 to Rs 4. (Photo: Reuters)

Now Pay Less to Port Mobile Number to Other Network in India

Keeping in view the upsurge in mobile number portability (MNP) requests, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has decided to slash its rate to Rs 4 per successful porting from Rs 19 earlier.

The TRAI arrived at the decision after taking into consideration the comments received from the industry stakeholders. Mobile number portability is the measure which allows users to retain their number.

A statement issued by the TRAI said it would come into effect from the date of official Gazette notification.

Under the MNP regime, a subscriber can retain the existing mobile telephone number while switching from one service provider to another or from one technology to another technology of the same service provider. It allows subscribers to retain their mobile number not only within the same Licensed Service Area (LSA) but also pan India in any LSA.

After observing a significant decline in the per port transaction cost, the sectoral regulator decided to slash the price.

After reviewing the financial results of both the MNP Service Providers and the upsurge in the volume of porting requests in the past two years, the Authority opined that the present charge of Rs 19 is quite high as compared to cost and volumes of transaction involved
TRAI statement

The decision to slash MNP rate has been warmly received by COAI, who believe this move can ease the pressure on telcos to invest for the process.

In several instances, the operators were bearing this cost on behalf of the customers approaching them for the port-in. Hence, it will be beneficial for both customers and operators as the cost of porting will be greatly" reduced," said Rajan S. Mathews, Director General, Cellular Operators' Association of India.

This TRAI latest effort to ease the woes of consumers in recent times but they have also not helped telcos’ cause recently by slashing IUC charges from 14 paisa to 6 paisa.