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Mobile Number Portability requests in India decreased to 3.19M in October 2018

Porting requests were submitted for 3.19 million connections in the month of October 2018, according to the data released by the Indian Telecom regulator TRAI. This is down 37% from 5.04 million porting requests reported in September 2018.

For the month of October, the maximum number of requests in Zone-I (North and West India) were received from Delhi at 0.32 million, followed by Maharashtra at 0.3 million, and Mumbai at 0.19 million. On the flip side, porting requests decreased by 20,000 for UP-East, while the least number of requests were received from Jammu & Kashmir, which has one of the lowest user bases among all states in the country, and Haryana, at only 20,000 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 0.41 million porting requests, followed by Karnataka at 0.29 million requests, while the number of requests received from Tamil Nadu also stood at 0.29 million. The North East circle saw a fall in the number of porting requests for the month, at 10,000.

Note that in November 2017, the 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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