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The Price Of Mobile Number Portability In India; New Telcos Vs Old

The journey to mobile number portability in India has hit its first major hurdle. Established players have demanded a "porting charge" be set up so they can recover their expenses in upgrading their networks to enable mobile number portability. BSNL estimates that the costs for the system upgrade to its network would amount to an initial expenditure of Rs. 1,065 cores in addition to an annual operational expenditure of about Rs 184.75 crores for the purpose of MNP service. Click on the chart on the right for detailed costs. MTNL also wants fixed line operators to get compensated for upgradation of its fixed line network. Interestingly, BSNL views (pdf) MNP as elitist and says that it is meant to enable a few customers who want to save the cost of informing friends, business partners about a change of number, and save on costs…

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