One of the main objective of TRAI is to offer a fair and transparent environment that promotes a stage playing field and helps honest opposition inside the market. TRAI often issues orders and guidelines on various subjects which includes tariffs, interconnections, quality of service, Direct To home (DTH) services and mobile number portability.
“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.
Trai has planned to slash by nearly 80℅ the fee charged to customers for porting from one service supplier to a different and has wanted comments from stakeholders by Dec 29.
Trai has advised reducing the charge to a most of Rs 4 from this Rs 19, reasoning that the prices of operations of mobile number portability (MNP) suppliers have gone down whereas there is upsurge in volume of porting requests within the past 2 years, that doesn’t benefit the high price per transaction.
Trai is of the read that once MNP’s scope was distended pan-India, the quantity of requests additionally redoubled exponentially. the quantity of porting requests jumped from 6.4 million throughout 2010-11 to 36.8 million in 2014-15, that additional rose to 63.6 million throughout 2016-17..
The cost, however, had return down drastically, compared to 2009 once Trai computed it by dividing the full price to the MNP suppliers by the calculable range of porting subscribers, over 5 years.
However, once per port transaction price was supported audited annual accounts of 2016-17, it showed a big decline within the price – all the way down to Rs 4 – the regulator additional.
Rajan Mathews, director general of COAI, said, “To date, incumbents have been primary gainers while losers have been BSNL, MTNL, RCom, Aircel, Telenor. So far there has not been any major benefit seen as regards MNP favouring Jio.