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TRAI extends deadline for comments on MNP fee consultation paper

January 02, 2018

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has extended the deadline for stakeholder comments on its paper on mobile number portability (MNP) fees.

The date has been extended to January 12, 2018 from the earlier date of December 29, 2017. This has been done in consideration of requests for an extension by stakeholders.

The TRAI has proposed to slash MNP fees by almost 80 per cent of the current amount. At present, MNP fees stand at Rs 19, which has been proposed to be lowered to a maximum of Rs 4 by the TRAI. The fee of Rs 19 was based on estimated financial data in 2009.

According to the TRAI, the costs of operators for MNP have gone down while the number of requests has increased in the past two years, eliminating the need to charge such an amount. The TRAI noted that in 36.8 million MNP requests were made in 2014-15, which increased to 63.6 million in 2016-17.


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