According to the Indian telecom regulator TRAI, nearly 10.57 million subscribers were issued porting requests in the month of May 2011, an increase of 23.75% month on month. In April 2011, 8.54million subscribers had submitted requests for changing their telecom service provider, but there have been concerns around porting requests being granted. Last month, the TRAI had directed telecom operators not to reject porting requests due to inconsequential outstanding amounts of less than Rs 10, or on grounds of contractual obligations, apart from a bundled handset with contract, with an exit clause and the subscriber not complying to the clause.
The TRAI has not released operator-wise MNP data, but we do have statewise information:
– Zone 1 saw 5,966,324 porting requests which is 29.59 % more than Zone 2 which encountered 4,603,986.
– Gujarat saw 1,052,582 porting requests which is the maximum for both Zone 1 and Zone 2, an increase of 26.25% from April,2011 .
– Delhi tops among the metropolitan cities with 557,298 porting requests.
– In Zone 2 Karnataka witnessed the maximum number of porting requests- 794,865 . Last month it saw 6,63,151 porting requests .
– North East registered an increase of 24.39 % from last month and saw 7,960 porting requests.
– Jammu and Kashmir encountered 2,496 porting requests, a growth of 13.50% as compared to last month figures which were 2,199.
– Orissa saw a net increase of 32.20 % in porting requests. Total porting requests for the month of May is 212,808.
Although the number of porting requests has increased in the month of May 2011, there has been a significant decline in the growth rate. April had registered a growth rate of 33% in MNP requests whereas May could only see a 23.75 % increase.
Download: TRAI Press Release