TRAI amends norm to facilitate pan-India MNP from May 3

Mobile phone users from May 3 will be able to change their telecom operators and retain their numbers…

Mobile phone users from May 3 will be able to change their telecom operators and retain their numbers even if they are relocating to areas outside the service providers’ operations. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on Wednesday issued sixth amendment to the Telecommunication Mobile Number Portability Regulation, 2009, which facilitates nationwide mobile number portability (MNP) in the country, from May 3, 2015.

Trai in its recommendation on full MNP earlier had suggested to give telecom operators six-month time to make necessary changes in their network from the date the proposal is cleared.

The DoT had on November 3 issued amendments to the MNP licence agreement, stating that MNP is to be implemented within six months from the date of amendment of the licences. The DoT had set a target date of March 31, 2015, to implement the nationwide MNP.

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