Sandeep Joshi

NEW DELHI: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Friday fixed Rs.19 as the porting charge (the amount to be paid by a subscriber to the recipient operator) for availing the mobile number portability (MNP) facility, which is likely to be launched in January 2010.

The TRAI said operators,were free to levy any amount less than or equal to this charge

The MNP will allow a subscriber to retain his number even when he moves from one operator to another irrespective of the mobile technology. “The facility of retention of existing mobile telephone number despite moving to a new telecom service provider helps in increasing competition between the service providers and acts as a catalyst for the service providers to improve their quality of service,” it added.

The TRAI also fixed ‘per port transaction charge’ at Rs.19.