“National MNP will end the cost of roaming that subscribers now have to pay (if they retain their numbers in a new city). It will also force operators to offer better tariff plans and improve service quality,” said Arvind Bali, chief executive, Videocon Telecom.
To start with, it will take two days to change your telecom service provider. The senior communications ministry official said: “We have told operators to do it in 12 hours by the end of the first year and less than four hours by the end of second year.” MNP within the same state currently costs Rs. 19 per number and takes three to seven days.
Since January 20, 2011, when MNP was introduced, only 2.5 million users out of India’s total subscriber base of more than 900 million have opted to port their numbers.