Pan India Mobile Number Portability

So, I shifted to Mumbai from Pune. No, I am not a sadist, I am not depressed either. I sincerely believe Mumbai offers better opportunities for career growth – especially so within my organization.

While Mumbai is a part of Maharashtra, and a rather important one at that, Mumbai and MnG – Maharashtra and Goa are considered different circles within the Indian telecom industry. What this means is that I need to get a new local SIM and a new phone number to ensure that I am not charged roaming rates when I make calls from Mumbai through my MnG SIM connection. I am loath to change my old SIM card and phone number as it is one phone number that connects me to many of my friends and online accounts and banks and what not. So, I was hoping and wishing for Pan India Mobile Number Portability.

Mobile Number Portability

Mobile Number Portability is in existence since January 2011 in India and it ensures that any user of one CSP – Communications Services Provider can easily shift to another CSP  without the need to change his mobile number. The only limitation to this is that the user cannot shift from one circle to another circle. The TRAI and DoT have been working on introducing Pan India Mobile Number Portability very soon. What this would mean is that I will be able to change my circle without changing my phone number. Based on the National Telecom Policy 2012, One Nation – Full Number Portability, the DoT sought recommendations from TRAI for Pan India MNP.

The basic business process framework for MNP was laid out by TRAI in 2009 and Pan India MNP will only make changes as required in the same. This is how the basic MNP process looks in BPMN 2.0 notations:

Telecom Mobile Number Portability BPMN
Telecom Mobile Number Portability BPMN

 Pan India MNP

There were three approaches considered for Pan India MNP:

  1. Recipient CSP forwards the porting request to MNPSP of same zone
  2. Recipient CSP forwards porting request to MNPSP of other zone to which Donor CSP belongs
  3. Recipient CSP forwards the porting request to the MNPSP of the zone to which original number range holder belongs

The last approach was considered to be the most expedient of the three approaches studied by the focus group of TRAI. In this approach, the Recipient Operator submits the porting request to the MNPSP in whose zone the Number Range network belongs. Even after a subscriber moves to other MNP zone, all his subsequent porting requests (whether for intra-Circle porting or Inter-Circle porting) will continue to be processed by the MNPSP where his number originally belongs.

So, when will the Pan India MNP finally come in to being. Friends working with Indian CSPs say that the initial rollout was planned around April 2014, but it seems currently that things are in a limbo and I will have to pay some more roaming charges to MnG circle it seems.

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