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Mobile Number Portability requests in India decrease to 6.7M in April 2018

Porting requests were submitted for 6.7 million connections in the month of April 2018, according to the Indian Telecom regulator TRAI. This is down 65.8% from 19.67 million porting requests reported in March 2018.

For the month of April, the maximum number of requests in Zone-I (North and West India) were received in Delhi at 0.48 million, followed by UP-East at 0.43 million, and Maharashtra at 0.39 million. In terms of the minimum number of requests, Haryana was the one which received only 20,802 porting requests. Moreover, Jammu & Kashmir, which has one of the lowest user bases, received 133,579 requests. Note that TRAI does not provide any operator-wise breakdown for these mobile number porting requests.

In Zone-II (South and East India), Tamil Nadu led with 1.29 million number porting requests till date, followed by Andhra Pradesh which received 0.42 million requests, and Bihar which received 0.39 million requests. While Kerala saw the least porting requests. The North East circle saw 157,491 number porting requests for the month, down from 278,842 requests in the previous month.

Note that in November 2017, 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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