In less than two months since mobile number portability (MNP) was introduced, over 38-lakh subscribers have so far opted for changing their operators while retaining their mobile numbers. There are almost 80-crore mobile subscribers today.
By the end of February, the maximum number of requests for porting (subscribers changing his operator) has been received from Gujarat (3.64-lakh subscribers), followed by Haryana (3.19-lakh), Karnataka (3.18-lakh) and Rajasthan (3.13-lakh), Minister of State for Communications and IT Sachin Pilot informed the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. He also said the telecom circles where over two-lakh subscribers had opted for MNP included Tamil Nadu (2.76-lakh), Maharashtra (2.62-lakh), Madhya Pradesh (2.35-lakh), Andhra Pradesh (2.29-lakh), Uttar Pradesh-West (2.27-lakh) and West Bengal (2.12-lakh).
Mr. Pilot said in at least five circles, over one-lakh subscribers had desired to change their subscribers. These are: Punjab (1.94-lakh), Uttar Pradesh-East (1.77-lakh), Delhi (1.73-lakh), Mumbai (1.36-lakh), Kerala (1.23-lakh).
The minimum number of MNP cases has been reported from the Jammu and Kashmir circle (1,291 subscribers) and North-East (1,863) and Assam (8,303).
The Minister further said as per the feedback received from operators and subscribers, some problems had been noted in porting the numbers. “A close watch on the matter is being kept by the Telecom Enforcement Resource and Monitoring (TERM) Cells of the Department of Telecommunications…operators have been called for meetings to resolve the issues,” Mr. Pilot added.
The maximum number of requests for porting has been received from Gujarat