National MNP database to be funded through USF

30 Apr 2013

According to the Prime Business News Agency, the Russian government has authorised the use of monies from the Universal Service Fund (USF) to bankroll the creation of a national mobile number portability (MNP) database. The introduction of MNP is currently scheduled for 1 December 2013. The USF, which is generally used to compensate operators who roll out telephone or data access services in remote areas, is supported by all domestic telcos, each of which channels 1.2% of its annual revenues into the pot.