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Trai orders 66% cut in port out fees

The new rules will get applied from November 11, this year. Portability Per Port Transaction Charge (PPTC) was fixed at Rs 19 earlier.

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Oct 01, 2019, 09.13 PM IST
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Under MNP, customers can switch operators without changing their mobile numbers.
MUMBAI: The telecom sector regulator directed an almost 66% cut in per transaction charge to Rs 6.46 for port out services offered by mobile number portability service providers (MNPSPs).

"After considering all the comments and other information available on record, the authority has issued `Telecommunication Mobile Number Portability Per Port Transaction Charge and Dipping Charge (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2019' prescribing the PPTC of Rs 6.46 for each port request, on 30 September, 2019,” Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said in a statement on Tuesday.

The new rules will get applied from November 11, this year. Portability Per Port Transaction Charge (PPTC) was fixed at Rs 19 earlier.

" The Telecommunication Tariff (Forty-Ninth Amendment) Order, 2009 prescribed the Per Port Transaction Charge (PPTC)...as ceiling for the tariff that could be charged from subscriber by the recipient operator for availing MNP services. Now, with notification of this amendment...the ceiling for the tariff that could be charged from subscriber by the recipient operator stands automatically reduced,” TRAI said on Tuesday.

However, the recipient operators are free to charge a lesser amount from the subscribers migrating to their services via the mobile portability route.

Last week, the regulator extended the deadline for implementation of new rules of mobile number portability (MNP) to November 11, bringing much relief to operators.

Under MNP, customers can switch operators without changing their mobile numbers. The deadline for implementing the new MNP rules was extended after telcos and MNPSPs sought more time to ensure the shift happens using the new process without inconveniencing customers.

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