Number Portability Rules Take Effect in India

Mobile number portability, mandated by the national government, has begun in India on July 3, 2015.  The new rules mean that Indian mobile users can move from one part of India to another without having to change phone numbers.

Consumers also can change mobile operators and keep their phone numbers.

Service provider policies related to number portability are likely to change over time, as one or more operators decides to use portability as the opportunity to change the structure of roaming fees.

BSNL has made national roaming free. As competitive as the Indian mobile market is, others are likely to follow.

India had 973.35 million mobile accounts in service at the end of April 2015.

In April 2015, a total of 3.17 million subscribers submitted their requests for intra-circle mobile number porting, or about three percent of the total base of accounts.

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