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Vodafone emerges biggest gainer of MNP
Published on 2 Mar. 2011 12:04 AM IST
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Nearly a month after the nationwide rollout of Mobile Number Portability (MNP) services, Vodafone Essar has emerged as the biggest gainer, notching up 1.9 lakh new subscribers, whereas state-owned BSNL lost more customers than it attracted from other service providers, states Zee News. Since the launch of MNP services, nearly 20 lakh mobile subscribers have switched service providers using the facility.
MNP allows users to change service providers while retaining their phone numbers.
“A total of 19,79,600 numbers of subscribers have ported their numbers so far using the MNP facility,” according to official figures provided in the Rajya Sabha by the Department of Telecom (DoT).
According to latest available figures, Vodafone Essar gained as many as 1.9 lakh customers, followed by Idea Cellular, with a net gain of 1.5 lakh subscribers. The figures denote the difference between the number of customers porting in and porting out. The country’s largest operator, Bharti Airtel remained at number three with a net gain of about 1.48 lakh subscribers till date. However, most operators stick by the theory that MNP will not be a game-changer for the industry.
CDMA operators are facing a huge exodus of subscribers, with RCOM, Tata Teleservices and BSNL losing subscribers to old and established GSM service providers.

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