Bakcell’s network ready to provide MNP services
Bakcell, the first mobile operator and the leading mobile Internet provider of Azerbaijan, has announced of readiness to launch system of Mobile Number Portability (MNP).
The Company says that the launch date depends on the decision of Ministry of Communication & Information Technologies and the preparation works have been carried out in accordance with the MCIT recommendations.
“We are ready to start today but this is a service that all operators must launch together so we are forced to wait for the other operators,” Bakcell CEO Richard Shearer said.
Bakcell started preparing for the introduction of MNP in January 2012. The first step was the implementation of the new 10 digit dialing, 055 prefix before the number to make on-net calls.
“We have invested significant time and money into the development of our MNP and in meeting compliance issues with the MCIT. Our systems are technically ready and have passed internal acceptance tests. Bakcell is sure that MNP will increase competition in Azerbaijan’s mobile communication market and is very committed to the introduction of MNP. It’s been shown in other markets to increase customer choice, which is always a good thing. We see a significant opportunity for Bakcell in the corporate segment and also the national businesses segment. Bakcell’s revenues and profits mostly come from the consumer market and we see opportunities to move into the big international corporates and also large national businesses operating in Azerbaijan, which for one reason or another generally have accounts with our competitors. We think the credibility we have built up in the consumer market puts us in a very good position to move into these segments,” he added.
MNP is the ability to change mobile service provider without changing phone number; thus customers will have the ability to shift from one mobile operator to another one without changing their mobile number.