The Telecom Regulator Authority of India (TRAI) has released the data for the month of April 2017. According to the data, the newcomer Reliance Jio has added just 3.9 million subscribers in the month of April, which is the company's lowest monthly addition since the commercial roll out of 4G services in September 2016.
Besides the overall subscriber data, the regulator also released the total Mobile Number Portability (MNP) requests received by it in the same month. During the month of April 2017, a total of 4.96 million requests were received for MNP. With this, the cumulative MNP requests increased from 272.76 million at the end of March 2017 to 277.72 million at the end of April 2017, since the implementation of MNP.
This must be the least number received by the regulator in the last six months. In March 2017, TRAI stated that it had received a whopping 6.04 million requests, which was up from the 5.67 million requests in the month of February 2017.
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.
The cumulative MNP requests for Zone-I stand at 139,423,047, while the Zone-II is marginally less at 138,298,767 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 Zone-I, the Rajasthan circle is leading the way with over 23 million MNP requests received till date. "In MNP Zone-I (Northern and Western India), the highest number of requests till date have been received in Rajasthan (about 23.38 million) followed by Gujarat (about 19.86 million)," said TRAI in a statement.
And coming to the MNP Zone-II (Southern and Eastern India), the highest number of requests till date have been received in Karnataka (about 30.36 million) followed by Andhra Pradesh (about 25.07 million). The TRAI data also revealed that active mobile subscribers in April reached 1,174.60 million.