The economic survey has sought to take mobile number portability across state borders in the proposed new telecom policy (NTP).
Mobile number portability (MNP) allows a subscriber to change his operator within a circle (boundaries of a telecom circle roughly coincides with the boundary of a state). If a subscriber shifts from one state to another, he cannot avail of the MNP facility.
Under the proposed full MNP, a subscriber can change his operator while retaining his number even if he moves to another state.
The economic survey states that NTP will be implemented from June.
MNP has been highly successful in India. Till the end
of January, close to 33 million subscribers had opted to port their number to another cellular service provider, according to data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
"It is important as right to consumers. Full mobile number portability will help mobile workers and people who stay in another state for a long period of time or permanently shift to other places," said Mahesh Uppal, a Delhi-based telecom consultant.
"We welcome the government move as it gives more choice to the consumers," said CEO of a pan-India teleco.
The draft NTP will also achieve free roaming throughout the country. Currently, a subscriber has to pay up to one rupee per minute as roaming charges. Though some of the new operators do not charge any roaming charge if the incoming call originates from the same network.