MCIT sees year-end launch of MNP

8 Sep 2010

Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technologies (MCIT) says it will soon submit the final rules on the introduction of mobile number portability (MNP) to the relevant agencies for approval, Trend Capital reports. Deputy Minister of Communications and IT, Iltimas Mammadov, said the final implementation of the service will be made after the creation of the legal framework. ‘Today the main issue is availability of a legal framework and specific rules regulating the introduction of NP service. This issue has been discussed in detail with operators. I believe that the introduction of this service in the operators’ networks will be implemented by late 2010,’ Mammadov noted. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Azerbaijan is home to four wireless operators: market leader Azercell, which is wholly owned by Fintur Holdings (a joint venture between TeliaSonera and Turkcell) and had a market share of 53.2% at 30 June 2010; privately-owned Bakcell (24.8%); Azerfon (Nar Mobile, 21.4%); and the market’s sole CDMA operator Catel (0.7%).