Mobile Number Portability (MNP) has crossed 100 million mark, according to a statement released by Trai (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India).
NEW DELHI: The number of mobile subscribers who have availed Mobile Number Portability (MNP) has crossed 100 million mark, according to a statement released by Trai (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India).
According to the release, some 11% of the total mobile subscribers have exercised this facility so far.
Mobile number portability allows a mobile telephone subscriber to retain his number even when he moves from one telecom provider to another in the same service area irrespective of the mobile technology or from one cellular mobile technology to another of the same telecom provider.
MNP was introduced across the country on January 2011. Introduction of MNP has empowered mobile subscribers and given them the freedom to change their service provider without changing their mobile number.
Keeping in view the consumer interests, Trai prescribed a porting charge of Rs 19 which is among the lowest in the world.
In 2011, the porting request rejection rate was around 40% which has now reduced to 11%.
Fines up to Rs 8 crore have been imposed on various telecom service providers, in cases where they have been found violating MNP regulations.
Starting this year, onward corporate porting too is allowed, wherein mobile numbers taken in the name of companies can also be ported if such porting is duly authorised representative.