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Mobile Number Portability requests in India decrease to 4.5M in May 2018

Porting requests were submitted for 4.5 million connections in the month of May 2018, according to the data released by the Indian Telecom regulator TRAI. This is down 33% from the 6.7 million porting requests reported in April 2018.

For the month of May, the maximum number of requests in Zone-I (North and West India) were received from Maharashtra at 0.38 million, followed by UP-East at 0.376 million, and Delhi at 0.31 million. On the flip side, the least number of requests were received from Haryana, at only 19,917. Moreover, Jammu & Kashmir, which has one of the lowest user bases among all states in the country, received 39,631 requests. Note that TRAI does not provide any operator-wise breakdown for these mobile number porting requests.

In Zone-II (South and East India), the maximum number of requests were received from Andhra Pradesh, with 0.39 million porting requests, followed by Tamil Nadu at 0.38 million requests, while the number of requests received from Karnataka stood at 0.27 million requests. The North East circle saw a drastic fall in the number of porting requests for the month, at 46,484, down from 157,491 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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