India has launched full national mobile number portability (MNP) – also known as ‘One nation, one number’ – today, allowing mobile subscribers to continue using the same number when they move to any other operator in the country. Previously, India’s MNP system only allowed users to port their number within the same operating area. Commenting on the project, Rajan Matthews, director general of industry group the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), was quoted by the Economic Times as saying: ‘It has been a very complex exercise with 500,000 towers and switches, two MNP providers and mobile operators, but we’re ready now.’ According to the most recent statistics from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), 3.17 million subscribers submitted MNP requests in April 2015, with 157.01 million using the service since its introduction in 2011. In terms of operating areas, Karnataka has seen the greatest number of MNP requests with 18.09 million, followed by Andhra Pradesh (14.97 million), Rajasthan (14.89 million), Gujarat (12.75 million) and Maharashtra (12.04 million).
As previously noted by CommsUpdate, the launch was delayed by two months from its original deadline of 3 May 2015 to allow for operators to make technical changes to their networks following alterations to the national numbering plan (NNP).