Sharp increase in MNP Requests
Riding on the back of 122 license cancellations by the Supreme Court in February 2012, came a sharp increase in requests to change operators, according to the recent data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) .
The increase in requests for Mobile Number Portability (MNP) was predictable. With two mobile operators (S Tel Pvt. Ltd. and Etisalat DB Telecom India PVT Ltd. ) closing down operations in the country, their subscribers had to be looking for new operators.
About 4.32 million requests for MNP were made in the month of February 2012. Only 3.5 million MNP requests were recorded in January 2012.
The trend of new subscribers coming from the rural segment continues this month as well. While wireless subscribers in urban areas increased from 591.10 million in January 2012 to 594.11 million at the end of February 2012, the rural subscribers increased from 312.62 million to 317.06 million in the same period. This means that 5 million out of the total 7.04 million new additions in February 2012 came from the rural segment.
With an addition of 7.04 million subscribers in the month of February 2012, India now has a total of 911 million wireless subscribers, according to the recently released data by TRAI.
Idea Cellular Ltd. added the maximum number of new subscribers, followed by Uninor . This is strange because all of Uninor’s 22 licenses and some of Idea’s were among the 122 licenses cancelled by the Supreme Court on February 2, 2012.
In contrast to India’s wireless revolution, the broadband story continues to disappoint. The total broadband subscriber base increased from 13.4 million at the end of January 2012 to just 13.5 million at the end of February 2012.