TRAI may cut Mobile Number Portability (MNP) charges from Rs 19 to Rs 4

Good News! There is possibility that the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) shall reduce from 19 to 4. Because the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is taking this issue seriously & has started consultation process for reducing per port transaction charge on it from 18th of December.

Mobile Number Portability (MNP)?

The Mobile Number Portability (MNP) is a service that allows a phone user to change the network provider but keep the same phone number.

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Press Release by TRAI for MNP

According to press release , As per Regulation 6 (2) of the Telecommunications Mobile Number Portability Per Port Transaction Charge and Dipping Charge Regulations 2009, TRAI may review and modify the Per Port Transaction Charge and Dipping Charge.

After considering the rise in –

  1. the volume of porting requests with effect from July 3, 2015 (when PAN India MNP was permitted) and
  2. the financial results of both the MNP service providers of the last two years.

TRAI stated that the present ceiling of 19 is quite high as compared to cost and volumes of transaction involved. Thus, the Authority has decided that the upper ceiling for per port transaction charge may be reduced as the costs of operation of Mobile Number Portability Service Providers (MNPSPs)have substantially gone down.

Draft Regulations

The important drafting regulation by TRAI is that the Per Port Transaction charge shall be 4 from current porting charges of 19.

Comments on Draft paper

The regulator has invited comments on the draft paper The Telecommunication Mobile Number Portability Per Port Transaction Charge and Dipping Charge (Amendment) Regulations, 2017 by December 29, 2017.

Net Neutrality

The principle of Net Neutrality stated that ISPs (Internet Service Provider) must treat all data on the Internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication.

Megha Jain

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