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04 December 2012

Communications Commission Approves Provision On Mobile Number Portability

The National Commission for State Regulation of Communications and Information Technology has stated the intention to approve the provision on mobile number portability (MNP) in case of changing an operator, the Commission said in the press-release.

The Communications Commission on November 29 approved the draft decision on MNP services in principle.

The draft decision obliges mobile operators to start the MNP service by November 30, 2013, while fixed-telephony operators by December 31, 2014 in case of appropriate technical capabilities of a switching station and a communications center.

In addition, operators shall conclude a contract with the company, a data base administrator, within 2 months after the centralized data base is put into operation, and upgrade their own communications network, as well as switch to the data base at their own expense.

The subscribers willing to retain their numbers when switching to another mobile network operator, do not pay for the service, except the fee for the telecommunications services of the operator they were switched to.

According to the draft decision, the operators shall port the number during 24 hours in the mobile networks and during 7 working days in the fixed telephony networks immediately after receiving a written request from the subscriber about the transfer.

The porting time shall not exceed 3 hours.

The MNP provision will be submitted to the Ministry of Justice for state registration.

As Ukrainian News reported, the Verkhovna Rada on July 1, 2010, voted for amendments to the Law on Telecommunications, thus providing users of mobile communications with the right to retain personal number when changing operators (as mobile, so as fixed-line).

The National Commission for State Regulation of Communications and Information Technology had planned to introduce the service of retaining fixed-line telephony number when changing from one operator to another (MNP service) in 2011.