Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has received a total of 5.67 million Mobile Number Portability requests in December 2016. With this, the cumulative MNP requests increased from 249.15 million at the end of November 2016 to 254.82 million at the end of December 2016.
The MNP service in India is divided into two zones: Zone-I and Zone-II. In the MNP Zone-I, regions under Northern and Western India will be covered, and this zone received the highest number of MNP requests compared to Zone-II.
To be precise, In MNP Zone-I, the largest number of applications till date have been received by Rajasthan with the request number standing at 21.59 million, which is closely followed by Gujarat with 18.58 million requests.
The MNP Zone-II covers the Southern and Eastern India regions, and the highest number of requests have been received by Karnataka of 28.33 million. The second place goes to Andhra Pradesh with a total MNP requests of 23.38 million.
|Service Area||Number of Porting Requests||Service Area||Number of Porting Requests|
|Jammu & Kashmir||102820||Karnataka||28327770|
|Uttar Pradesh - East||12510161||Orissa||5188002|
|Uttar Pradesh - West||11506440||Tamil Nadu||15890980|
|December 2016 Addition||5,667,475|
The Mobile Network Portability service was initially started back in the year 2010 in Haryana and spread across every state of India at the beginning of 2011. However, at that point of time, MNP was available only as Intra-service portability. It was in 2015; we got to see the service being enabled as Inter-service portability, which means that subscribers can retain their mobile number when relocating from one area of the country to another.