MNP Charge Not to Exceed Rs 19
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) announced recently that the switching charges under the mobile number portability facility must not exceed Rs 19
The Mobile Number Portability (MNP) facility, which allows mobile users to change their service provider while retaining their old number, comes into effect from January 1, 2010.
The MNP facility will first be introduced in Metros and A category circles and then in the rest of the country by March 2010.
To change operators, a subscriber will have to request the new operator for acceptance of his connection. The process will have to be completed in four days, and the subscriber will have to give "porting" charges to the new operator.
The facility of retention of existing mobile telephone number despite moving to a new telecom service provider is being introduced to help increase competition between the service providers and act as a catalyst to improve their quality of service, says Trai.
Trai also said that while switching charges for users must not exceed Rs 19, operators are free to levy any amount less than or equal to this charge.
According to industry estimates, about 25 percent of current mobile users would opt for MNP. There are about 450 million mobile subscribers across the country.
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