MNP legislation on the cards

26 Nov 2012

Mobile number portability (MNP) is belatedly set to arrive in Russia, after the State Duma (lower house of the Federal Assembly) granted its initial approval to a bill regarding the introduction of the service. The Prime-Tass news agency reports that the bill, which was read on 23 November, stipulates that the cost of the service to end-users must not exceed RUB100 (USD3.22). However, the State Duma must approve the bill in three separate readings during its autumn session, before it can be passed to the Federation Council of Russia, or upper house, and eventually be signed into law by the President. Prime-Tass notes that if the legislation is processed according to plan, MNP services could be available as soon as 1 December 2013.