Telecom panel to take up full national mobile number portability plan

Written by Jayati Ghose | Updated: Feb 27 2014, 10:47am hrs
The Telecom Commission is set to deliberate on sector regulator Trai's proposals for full national mobile number portability, which would allow subscribers to retain their mobile number even if they move from one state to another, in its meeting on Monday.

Currently, number portability is permitted only within a telecom circle (state). For instance, an Airtel subscriber in Delhi can, under the present policy, retain his mobile number if he shifts to Vodafones network in Delhi. However, if he shifts to Mumbai or Kerela, the subscriber will have to get a new number.

However, Trai's proposal allows portability even when the subscriber moves to another state.Analysts said the move will be useful for consumers who have transferable jobs or those who move to another region for a short period but want to retain their phone numbers.According to Trai recommendations, the two MNP service providers should be allowed to provide porting services in both zones.