NCRC To Select Administrator Of MNP

cell_phoneThe National Communications Regulation Commission (NCRC) intends to determine before 2011 the company that will administer services allowing subscribers to mobile-telephone services to keep their personal telephone numbers when switching from one mobile-telephone operator to another (MNP – Mobile Number Portability).

An informed source disclosed this to Ukrainian News.

“It has not yet been announced officially who will administer number portability. The NCRC is presently in the final phase of selecting the administrator. It is a matter of 2-3 weeks,” the source said.

He did not name the companies seeking to perform this function, but he said that competition for the position was very fierce.

As earlier reported, the Astelit cellular mobile telephone company, which provides mobile telephone services under the life:) brand, said in July that it was realistic to begin providing MNP in the first quarter of 2011 on condition of smooth joint work and cooperation between the NCRC, Ukrchastotnahliad (the Ukrainian State Center for Radio Frequencies), and, in particular, mobile communications operators.

The MTS Ukraine mobile communications operator has said that it is impossible to introduce this service before July 2011.

The parliament voted on July 1 to amend the Law on Telecommunications to grant subscribers to mobile telephone services the right to keep their personal telephone numbers when switching from one mobile-telephone operator to another and directed the NCRC to draft conditions for introduction of MNP within six months.

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