According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) , the total number of subscribers opting for mobile number portability (MNP) has crossed the 100 million mark in 2014.
MNP was introduced across the country on January 2011 allowing subscribers to migrate to another service provider without changing their mobile number. Further, the regulator has claimed that till date 11 per cent of the total subscriber base has opted for the MNP facility.
Keeping consumer interest in mind, the regulator prescribed a porting charge of Rs 19, among the lowest worldwide. Further, to counter operatorsâ€™ tendency to turn down MNP requests made by subscribers on frivolous grounds, the TRAI has imposed total penalty worth Rs 80 million.
Further, beginning 2014, the regulator has also allowed corporate porting wherein mobile numbers taken in the name of firms or corporations can also be ported.