The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) amended the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) regulations to facilitate and accelerate the process of portability.
Further, the regulator also said a telecom operator would need to pay a penalty of not exceeding Rs 10,000 for any misinformation about the portability and each wrongful rejection of portability petition. TRAI also shortened the validity interval of Particular Porting Code (UPC) to four days from the previous period of 15 times for all Licensed Service Area (LSA) except that the LSAs of Jammu and Kashmir, Assam and North-East for the validity of UPC stays unchanged.
TRAI Speeds Up Process of Mobile Number Portability For corporate porting’s instances, the limit of 50 numbers in authority letter was improved to 100 numbers per authorization letter, the circular said.
“Post-implementation of this law (amendment), appropriate Quality of Service (QoS) parameters will be devised by the authority to track the part of MNPSPs (Mobile Number Portability Service Providers) and Access Providers at the new situation,” it said.
The timeline for porting a mobile number within the Intra-Licensed Service Area (Intra-LSA) or the same circle has been limited to 2 days and that in a different circle or an Inter-Licensed Service Area (Inter-LSA) was retained at four days. “If any access provider or mobile number portability service provider contravenes the provisions… (it will) be responsible to pay an amount, by way of fiscal disincentive not exceeding Rs 10,000 for each wrongful rejection of this petition for porting,” the TRAI circular stated.