MNP Requests Continue to Rise in India; TRAI Receives Over 6 Million Requests in March 2017

Indian telecom operators are concentrating on delivering data-centric offers, and customers are going after the operator who is offering best data plans at cheap rates. One has to admit that Reliance Jio has the best tariff plans right now, but state-run telecom operator BSNL is not far behind. As a result, telecom regulator TRAI is receiving whopping MNP requests every month.

According to the data released by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on May 19, 2017, the regulator has received a total of 6.04 million MNP (Mobile Number Portability) requests only in the month of March 2017. This number is up from 5.67 million requests received in February 2017.

Until March 31, 2017, the cumulative MNP requests increased from 266.73 million at the end of February 2017 to 272.76 million, since the implementation of MNP. TRAI has divided the MNP service into two zones in India- Zone-I and Zone-II. In 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.

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The cumulative MNP requests for Zone-I stand at 136,797,087, while the Zone-II is marginally less at 135,965,800 MNP requests. In MNP Zone-I, the highest number of requests till date have been received in Rajasthan of about 23.00 million, followed by Gujarat receiving about 19.54 million.

In MNP Zone-II, the maximum number of requests till date have been received in Karnataka about 29.91 million, which is followed by Andhra Pradesh receiving 24.64 million requests.

In Zone-I, the lowest number of requests is received by Jammu & Kashmir at 1,24,495, followed by Himachal Pradesh with just 9,86,477 requests receiving till date.

As usual, TRAI did not release the data regarding which operator received the maximum number of MNP requests. By far, it would be Reliance Jio and BSNL due to the luring data offers.


Speaking about the MNP service, it was initially started back in 2010 in Haryana and quickly spread across every state of India at the beginning of 2011. Back then, the service was available as Intra-service portability. In 2015, TRAI started the service on an Interstate portability, which means that subscribers can keep their existing number when relocating from one area to another.

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May 21, 2017 9:26 am 9:26 AM

But how far the operators are letting go their customers is a point TRAI has not analysed.
Inspite of repeated mnp attempts from reliance the operator has not allowed mnp.
TRAI is only looking the other way.
Poor, poor customers…,

May 22, 2017 11:02 pm 11:02 PM

IMO no operator is as horrible as Vodafone when it comes to porting out the number. Airtel is second. The rest are not so bad (Jio included).

May 20, 2017 11:00 pm 11:00 PM

Jio cheater hai
Free mein abhi bhi service de rha hai
Unfair hai jinho ne recharge kiya hai
Respect kijiye paid customer k

May 21, 2017 5:49 pm 5:49 PM

Services of non paying customers are being restricted in a phased manner. Mine two other jio sims, both have calling barred with net only at 2g speeds.

Manoj Singh
May 22, 2017 9:52 am 9:52 AM

Why still 2g even if one have not paid.

May 23, 2017 10:10 am 10:10 AM

I heard that the grace period will have some limited jio to jio calls and 4mb per day after that 2g speed. But this grace period will be there for 90days and then your sim will be blocked.
This is actually good if some one wants basic internet and have not recharged yet. Why do you feel irritated?

Manoj Singh
May 21, 2017 2:59 pm 2:59 PM

That’s really bad. I thought services for non recharged customer were disconnected. Its really bad if they are still getting full service.

May 21, 2017 6:45 am 6:45 AM

Jio is best 4G operator in India with reasonable data tariffs compared to cheater airtel, Vodafone, Idea

May 20, 2017 10:59 pm 10:59 PM