It appears that users would have to pay the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) a fee for their phone number.   

By Pankaj

According to TRAI, the government is still the owner of the numbering space, just like with spectrum allotment.  

Usage rights for these numbers are granted to mobile network carriers for the duration of their license.  

The new telecom law, which was passed in December of last year, permits charges to be made on these numbers, which are now referred to as "telecom identifiers." 

India May Implement Fee Per Number The telecom regulator has suggested many ways to carry out these fees. Either a one-time price per number, an annual recurring fee for each numbering resource, or centralised auctions for premium or "VIP" numbers are the options available to the central government.  

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