Orange Armenia welcomes amendment to telecoms law; MNP could follow in Jan-14

20 Jun 2013

Orange Armenia has broadly welcomed recent changes to the country’s telecoms law which it hopes will pave the way for the implementation of mobile number portability (MNP) from January next year. On 15 June, the government passed the amendment to the Republic of Armenia’s Law on Telecommunications, allowing for the introduction of MNP from that date.

Orange Armenia CEO Francis Gelibter, said: ‘Mobile number portability in western Europe and in other countries where it was implemented has brought a major improvement in the market and we are happy that soon Armenian customers will have this freedom of choice. For a long time, Orange has supported the implementation of this service in Armenia, and we know that once it is implemented, quality and service will become the main criteria of being with an operator, as customers will be able to choose the operator they prefer and keep their number at the same time’.

Following the procedure set by the Public Services Regulatory Commission (PPSRC), the country’s three incumbent operators intend to create a joint company and a common database, to be able to introduce the service on 1 January 2014.