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Trai to decide on inactive mobile connection by March

Around 20 crore SIMs ‘inactive’, and the total balance in such accounts is Rs.128.9 crore, telcos tell regulator
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First Published: Mon, Jan 14 2013. 07 38 PM IST
Telecom operators said they have to deactivate SIMs to efficiently manage the number series allocated to them by the department of telecom. Photo: Mint
Telecom operators said they have to deactivate SIMs to efficiently manage the number series allocated to them by the department of telecom. Photo: Mint
New Delhi: Telecom regulator Trai on Monday said it expects to finalize the recommendations for deactivating services of inactive mobile phone connections by March.
“In normal course, it (recommendations) should take one-and-a-half-month more from now,” Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) secretary Rajeev Agrawal said.
Last month, Trai had initiated a debate on the issue of operators arbitrarily disconnecting services of customers on grounds of “non-usage of numbers” or “inactive SIM connections”.
“Deactivation of a SIM without prior intimation and on arbitrary grounds deprives the subscriber of his mobile number which might have been an identity for him for a long time,” Trai had said in its consultation paper titled Deactivation of SIMs due to Non-usage.
Consumers suffer from a potential loss of activity in both personal and professional set-ups causing an adverse impact on livelihood, it had added.
According to the information provided by telecom firms to the regulator, around 20 crore SIMs have been inactive for over a certain period of time and the total balance on that account is Rs.128.9 crore.
Telecom operators in their meetings with Trai have said that they have to deactivate SIMs to efficiently manage the number series (mobile phone numbers) allocated to them by the Department of Telecom.
The last date for submitting written comments on the issues raised in the consultation paper was 21 December 2012, while that for receiving counter comments was 28 December 2012.
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