Mobile Number Port: Rules are changing from July 1, such users will not be able to port mobile numbers


MNP Regulations: Many rules related to mobile numbers are going to change from the beginning of next month. The government has tightened the rules to curb criminal activities...

Telecommunication rules including mobile numbers are going to change from the first of next month. The government has amended the telecommunication rules to curb cases like fraud and made them strict. The amended law is going to come into effect from July 1, 2024.

TRAI had released it on March 14

In this regard, the Ministry of Communications has said in an official statement issued on Friday that the Telecommunication Mobile Number Portability (9th Amendment) Regulations, 2024 is going to come into force from July 01. According to the statement, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India i.e. TRAI issued the new law on March 14, 2024. Now they are going to be implemented.

New provision of Unique Porting Code
The ministry says that the amendment made in the law is to curb the cases of porting of mobile numbers by criminal elements by adopting the method of SIM swap or SIM replacement. A new provision has been added under this amended law, which is about the Unique Porting Code i.e. UPC, which is required to port the mobile number.

Such requests will be rejected.
The ministry has said that the new law has given the right to reject the request for a Unique Porting Code. Especially in such circumstances, the request for a Unique Porting Code can be rejected, in which the request for a port code has been sent within 7 days after swapping or replacing the SIM. This means that it will be possible to port the mobile number only after at least 7 days have passed after SIM swap or SIM replacement.

The government has made many changes to curb fraud, which are being implemented from July 1. Some of the major changes happening from July 1 are as follows...
Now only 9 SIM cards can be taken on one ID. In the case of Jammu Kashmir and North Eastern states, this limit is 6 SIM cards.
There will be a heavy penalty for taking more SIM cards than the limit. A fine of Rs 50,000 will be imposed for the first violation and Rs 2 lakh for the second violation.
Taking a SIM card on someone else's ID in an illegal manner can lead to a heavy punishment like 3 years of jail and a fine of Rs 50 lakh.
Companies will not be able to send commercial messages without the consent of the user. A fine of up to Rs 2 lakh will have to be paid for breaking the rules.
In case of emergency, the government will be able to take the entire telecommunication network into its hands. The government will also be able to intercept calls and messages.

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