TRAI issues new guidelines for mobile number porting; Will be applicable from 1st July


Telecom regulator TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) announced changes to its Mobile Number Portability (MNP) rules last week. As per the latest amendment, if a SIM card is swapped or changed, the concerned mobile number cannot be ported to a different telecom operator for seven days. This is the ninth new amendment to the MNP rules since the introduction of them. The new rules aim to prevent and reduce SIM swap fraud in the country. The new rules will come into effect from July 1.

The Indian telecom regulator last week issued the Telecommunications Mobile Number Portability (Ninth Amendment) Regulations, 2024. As per the new rules, if customers have moved or changed their SIM card in the last seven days, they are not allowed to port their mobile number to a different telecom operator. These rules are aimed at curbing the practice of porting mobile numbers through fraudulent SIM swaps or replacements by unscrupulous elements, TRAI said in a circular.

It has also introduced an additional criterion for rejecting the request for allotment of a Unique Porting Code (UPC) which is required to transfer a mobile number from one telecom operator to another. TRAI says UPC should not be allotted if the request for UPC is made before the expiry of seven days from the date of SIM swap or mobile number change.

TRAI's latest regulation will come into effect from July 1. The MNP rules were first introduced in 2009.

Users can change their service provider without changing their mobile number through MNP facility. They can initiate the porting process by sending an SMS in the format port <दस अंकों का मोबाइल नंबर> By 1900. This will create a UPC and the user will receive it via SMS. It can be used to place MNP requests.

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