Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. Image: TRAI
The TRAI arrived at the conclusion after taking into consideration the comments received in the industry stakeholders.
A statement issued from the TRAI stated it would come into effect from the date of official Gazette notification.
Beneath the MNP program, a subscriber can retain the present mobile phone while switching from one service provider to another or from 1 technology to the next technology of the same service provider. It allows subscribers to retain their mobile number not only inside the exact same Licensed Service Area (LSA) but additionally pan India in almost any LSA.
After observing an important decrease in the per port transaction price, the sectoral regulator decided to slash the price.
“After reviewing the financial results of both the MNP Service Providers and the upsurge in the quantity of porting requests in the past two years, the Authority opined that the current charge of Rs 19 is quite large when compared to cost and volumes of trade involved,” the statement said.
“In several cases, the operators have been bearing this cost on behalf of their clients approaching them to the port-in. Hence, it will be beneficial for both operators and customers as the cost of porting will be greatl” reduced,” said Rajan S. Mathews, Director General, Cellular Operators’ Association of India.