National Mobile Number Portability (MNP) is all set to go live by 31 March 2015. Telecom Commission, the highest decision-making body on telecom matters, accepted regulator Trai's recommendations on the subject and a final rollout is accepted by the end of March 2015. Starting 31 March, you can shift to any place in India and continue using your mobile phone number with any operator of your choice, with the country’s top telecom policymaking body clearing a long-pending proposal in this regard. So far, the facility of retaining the mobile number while choosing a new operator—called mobile number portability (MNP)—was available only in the same telecom circle. Using the same number in another service area would attract roaming charges.
“The national mobile number portability service is likely expected to be implemented by March 31, 2015,” telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a reply in the Lok Sabha on Monday. The department of telecom (DoT) has sought Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) view on additional entry fee, performance bank guarantee and financial bank guarantee to be charged from existing MNP service providers. TRAI asked the department of telecom not to make any changes in entry fee and bank guarantee of companies involved in managing MNP service due to various reasons. At present, two companies Syniverse Technologies and MNP Interconnection Telecom Solution, operate to provide mobile number portability service. For example, if a subscriber who uses Vodafone network in Rajasthan is moving to Bangalore and wishes to shift to BSNL, he will have to submit a unique porting code (UPC) to BSNL Karnataka. The department of telecommunications will assign a number to generate UPC by sending an SMS.