11:07 am - Saturday 29 April 2017

TRAI asks for views from stakeholders on number portability

By insightVAS - Wed Mar 20, 11:45 am

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has asked for views from the stake holders on the fifth draft amendment to the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) Regulations as the mobile subscribers are facing problems and reported their complaints to the regulator.

In September last year, RRAI issued Telecommunications Mobile Number Portability (Fourth Amendment) regulations, 2012, under which financial dis-incentives can be imposed upon operators for unjustified rejection of porting requests.

The regulator, TRAI has received many complaints from subscribers, as the donor operators on various grounds have rejected their porting requests.

The Authority had received complaints from the subscribers of corporate mobile numbers that their porting requests have been rejected by the donor operators under the category “Contractual Obligation” for want of permission/authorization from the company/ corporate for porting such numbers”, TRAI said in a statement.

It was noted that rejection of porting requests of the subscribers done by the service providers in several cases were not in accordance with the regulation, the government recently admitted.

Under the Telecommunications Mobile Number Portability regulations, 2009, a service provider acting as the donor operator can reject porting requests on certain grounds.

It said that TRAI has issued directions to service providers to ensure compliance of Mobile Number Portability (MNP) regulations.

According to TRAI, data provided by the service providers show that by the end of January 2013 about 84.26 million subscribers have submitted their requests to different service providers for porting their mobile number.

Rajasthan and Gujarat continue to lead the tally in mobile number portability requests. In the past too, these two states have witnessed highest MNP requests. Rajasthan and Gujarat by the end of January 2013 have registered 7.96 million followed by Gujarat 7.34 million MNP requests respectively.

In MNP Zone-II (Southern & Eastern) maximum number of requests have been received in Karnataka (10.20 million) followed by Andhra Pradesh Service area (7.62 million). In the month of January 2013, total number of subscribers who have submitted their request for MNP is 4.20 million.

Maximum number of rejections between November 2010-February 25, 2013 were made against Bharti Airtel (37,16,966), Vodafone (27,63,957), Idea/Spice (21,05,882), Tata Teleservices (GSM) (8,74,468), Aircel (8,21,917), Reliance Com (GSM) (8,00,567) among others.

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