Mobile Number Portability To Become Faster, Easier

New Delhi: Switching to another mobile phone operator is set to become a quicker process and operators will have fewer discretionary powers to scuttle a porting request, according to new mobile number portability guidelines currently in the works.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), which issued a consultation paper in April to review guidelines on number portability, is ready with the new draft norms, a senior official at the regulator said.

“The draft rules are ready and we will publish them soon to invite public comment. Basically, the new norms aim to reduce the time (to port) and the discretion of the donor operator,” the official said, requesting anonymity.

This, the regulator believes, will ensure a hassle-free experience for consumers who wish to port from one network to another.

Under current norms, a subscriber must stay with one operator for at least 90 days before switching to another. The maximum period for porting currently is seven working days, except in Jammu and Kashmir, Assam and the North-East, where it is 15 working days.

“We want to bring this (porting period) down to two days,” the official cited above said.

Several small telcos including Reliance Communications and Aircel have recently shut operations, posing problems for many subscribers. The Trai consultation paper floated on 6 April said that after discontinuation of wireless access services by some operators in some or all telecom circles, the regulator had received many complaints related to porting.

“The major issues are non-generation of unique porting code (UPC) by the donor operator or non-receipt of UPC by the subscriber, multiple rejections of porting requests by donor operators on various grounds, instances of fraudulent porting, issuance of interim bills for postpaid subscribers, non-refund of the prepaid balance and security deposits of postpaid subscribers, which create inconvenience and dissatisfaction to the mobile subscribers,” Trai said in the consultation paper.

There are also cases of errors made by the subscriber while communicating the code, or by the person at the point of sale, entering the wrong code while submitting the porting request.

“Right now, the donor operator which issues the porting code knows that the subscriber is porting out and uses all tricks in the bag to create harassment for users,” the official said.

The regulator aims to entirely automate this process to ensure a smooth porting experience for users.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. K devendra reddy

    September 6, 2018 at 10:26 am

    Ok fine but is there any guidelines with proper and appropriate stipulated time provide through online also with proper steps.

  2. Bikramaditya Kalita

    September 6, 2018 at 11:47 am

    Need to further down the time in Port in areas​ in Assam, North East n J&k…
    Moreover so what about postpaid numbers… a customer who had Rs.5000 as security deposit in BSNL n his outstanding bill amount is 1700, when he tried to ported out to join JIO POSTPAID his application got rejected….if it was so​ for not paying the bill amount then what for the security deposit was there at BSNL????

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