Number portability trial on cards?

31 Mar 2010

Russia’s Ministry of Communications has approved the proposal of the Association of Regional Telecommunications Operators (AROS) to organise a trial of number portability (NP), according to a report carried in today’s Vedomosti. AROS CEO Vitaly Slepakov was reported as saying that technical and legal steps are necessary to implement NP, which will be implemented separately for the fixed and mobile networks. According to TelecomPaper, in October 2009 the ministry discussed NP implementation with operators, with most opposing the proposal: according to MTS the modification of its IT systems would cost it USD127 million, while it estimated that across the industry costs could amount to USD500 million. Further, MTS said its research showed that a maximum of 2% of subscribers would use the service, a view echoed by Vimpelcom.