The Russian fixed line and cellular operator Sibirtelecom is to close its analogue NMT-450 network on 10 January 2008 and is offering its remaining analogue customers deals to transfer them to a new digital CDMA-450 system. NMT customers can trade in their old analogue handset to cover part of the cost of a new CDMA phone, AK&M reports. Users are able to retain their existing number. Sibirtelecom is one of the seven mega-regional operators owned by state telecoms holding firm Svyazinvest, with operations across the Siberia Federal District. It had 3.94 million cellular subscribers at the end of September according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database.