New Delhi: The highest decision making body in DoT, Telecom Commission has given in principal approval for inter-circle mobile number portability. This move will benefit lots of subscribers who have to move out of their current location for jobs, business etc. Currently they have two options, either to purchase a new local number or retain the old number and pay hefty roaming bills. All this will change with National MNP.
“About 1-2% of India’s population will think of relocation, so we believe that the whole matter needs to be looked at in the context of cost benefit for the customers,” said Rajan Mathews, director general, Cellular Operators Association of India, the GSM lobby body.
TRAI in a statement last year said “We should be looking at nationwide licensing rather than circle wise licensing”. What this essentially means is there will be no roaming charges once the national MNP kicks in and a concept of “One Nation One Number” will arise.
TRAI data till March end reveals a total of 117 millions subscribers opted for mobile number portability and mobile operators were penalized to the tune of 8 crores for illegally denying or delaying MNP requests. National MNP basically means that India will transform into one big telecom circle and national roaming would be abolished.
National Telecom Policy 2012 envisioned inter circle portability and subsequent end to roaming charges. TRAI last year advised that mobile operators be given six months to implement mobile number portability.