New Delhi: Anticipating to woo a big chunk of mobile subscribers from rivals to its network, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has earmarked a capital expenditure of Rs1,250 crore to make its network ready for number portability, which allows customers to change service providers without changing numbers.
BSNL is required to make an initial capital expenditure of about Rs1,065 core for making its basic and mobile networks Mobile Number Portability (MNP) compliant, in addition to annual OPEX of about Rs185 crores for the purpose of MNP service, said a senior company official.
BSNL has also asked Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to consider the huge expenses operators have to undertake while deciding on the porting charges.
The company has asked TRAI to make provisions to ensure parties involved in the operation-donor operators (the subscriber losing operator), fixed line operators, recipient operator and the MNP service provider (either Synverse or MNP Interconnection)--get a share of the porting charges, which are paid by customers who port their numbers.
Analyst say if BSNL’s concerns are addressed the cost for a consumer seeking to change service provider while retaining his number will be more than Rs500. TRAI officials said they are trying to keep the charges around Rs200.