Moldovan telecoms regulator the National Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Information Technology (ANRCETI) has announced it will implement mobile number portability (MNP) in 2012, with fixed number portability (FNP) to follow a year later. The regulator said that the service, which allows subscribers to retain their phone number when they change service provider, will encourage operators offer more attractive and cheaper services in a bid to retain customers. The regulator’s ‘Draft Program for Number Portability Implementation in the Republic of Moldova for 2011-2013’ outlines three stages for the implementation of number portability: during the first stage (2011), the agency intends to develop the regulatory framework to launch the service and conduct a tender to select an administrator. Under the second stage (2012), a centralised database will be created and MNP will be launched, while FNP will be implemented in the final stage (2013). The draft guidelines state that operators must carry out the porting within one working day of a contract being concluded with the customer.