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Mobile Number Portability increased by 11% in September 2019: TRAI

At 5.38 million requests, September 2019 saw an 11.2% increase over the 4.84 million porting requests reported in August 2019.

For September, the maximum number of requests in Zone-I (North and West India) were received from Maharashtra at 0.74 million, followed by UP-West at 0.42 million, and Gujarat at 0.41 million. Further, 10,000 porting requests were received from Jammu and Kashmir, which has one of the lowest user bases among all states in the country. TRAI does not provide an operator-wise breakdown for these mobile number porting requests.

In Zone-II (South and East India), the maximum number of requests were received from Madhya Pradesh with 0.35 million porting requests, followed by Andhra Pradesh with 0.34 million requests. The North-East circle saw only 10,000 porting requests for the month.

In November 2017, TRAI reduced the per port transaction charge for each successful Mobile Number Portability from Rs 19 to Rs 4. The 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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