Porting requests were submitted for 7.43 million connections in the month of December 2017, according to the Indian Telecom regulator TRAI. This is down 53.5% from 15.98 million porting requests reported in November 2017.

For the month of December, the maximum number of requests in Zone-I (North and West India) were received in Maharashtra at 0.66 million, followed by Delhi at 0.63 million, and Rajasthan at 0.55 million. Jammu & Kashmir, which has one of the lowest user bases, continues to receive the lowest number of porting requests at 32,215. Note that TRAI does not provide any operator-wise breakdown for these mobile number porting requests.

In Zone-II (South and East India), Madhya Pradesh led with 0.75 million number porting requests till date, followed by Tamil Nadu which received 0.69 million requests, and Andhra Pradesh which received 0.48 million requests. The North East circle saw 16,899 number porting requests for the month, down from 35,181 requests in the previous month.

Note that last month, TRAI reduced the per port transaction charge for each successful Mobile Number Portability from Rs 19 to Rs 4. TRAI had capped the porting charge at Rs 19 in 2009, and operators were free to charge any amount less than this if they chose to.

Download: TRAI Press Release

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