Regulator approves MNP draft regulations

4 Mar 2013

Ukraine’s National Commission for State Regulation of Communications and Informatization (NCCIR, or NKRZI) has announced on its website the approval of draft regulations on the provision of number portability (NP). At a meeting of 28 February 2013 the regulator approved the draft resolution ‘On Approval of the services of transferring subscriber numbers and use of personal numbers,’ which establishes a regulatory framework for ensuring the rights of the consumer in terms of ordering and receiving number porting services, including mobile number portability (MNP). The implementation of NP was approved by an Administration of State Special Decree of 1 November 2012 (No. 617), registered with the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine on 21 November 2012 (No. 1947/22259), and via Decision No. 619 of 29 November 2012 the draft legal act was adopted and published online for public comment; the NCCIR reported receiving 197 valid comments on the subject.

The approved NP regulation defines the procedure for the provision of subscriber number transfer, the use of personal numbers, defining an organisation to provide centralised technical management of personal numbers and deferred subscriber numbers (central database administrator), and procedures for settling disputes concerning NP.

Under the draft timetable, introduction of MNP should be implemented on commercial mobile networks by 1 December 2013, while fixed number portability (FNP) should arrive by 1 January 2015.