About a fortnight after the national roll-out of Mobile Number Portability (MNP) service, more than 17 lakh mobile subscribers have opted for the facility, that allows users to change their service provider while retaining the number, the telecom regulator said on Tuesday.
The MNP service was introduced on a pilot basis in Haryana on November 25, 2010 and later rolled out pan- India from January 20 this year. Of the total 17.1 lakh requests received, about 2.3 lakh were from Haryana circle where MNP was first implemented, Trai said in a statement. In other circles, Gujarat saw the highest number of switching requests at 1.7 lakh, followed by Rajasthan (1.44 lakh) in Zone-I (northern and western India).
In MNP Zone-II (southern and eastern region), maximum number of requests were received in Karnataka (1.16 lakh) and Tamil Nadu (1.14 lakh) circles.source