TRAI planning to cut mobile number portability cost by 80%

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PTI New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 18, 2017, 11.57 AM (IST)

Telecom regulator TRAI today started a consultation process to bring down mobile number portability charges from to ?4 from ?19 levied at present.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in a statement said that considering the upsurge in the volume of porting requests with effect from July 3, 2015, and the financial results of both the mobile number portability service providers (MNPSPs), the present ceiling of ?19 is quite high as compared to cost and volumes of transaction involved.

"The Authority has, therefore, decided that the upper ceiling for per port transaction charge may be reduced as the costs of operations of MNPSPs have substantially gone down", TRAI said.

The watchdog in the draft amendment of the Telecommunication Mobile Number Portability Per Port Transaction Charge and Dipping Charge Regulations has proposed that "the Per Port Transaction charge shall be rupees four". It has sought public comments on the matter by December 29, 2017.