The Russian wireless operators MegaFon and Tele2 have announced the successful completion of a trial of mobile number portability (MNP) systems. CNews quoted Konstantin Prokshin, head of the federal communication department at Tele2 Russia, as saying: ‘We have successfully tested making incoming and outgoing mobile [calls] and receiving and sending text messages using numbers imported to and from MegaFon and Tele2.’ The pair have still to carry out tests on the functionality of value added services (VAS) and add-on features.
The country’s communications ministry is requiring cellcos to launch MNP by December this year, although some operators have requested an extension to the deadline. According to a recent consumer survey carried out by Romir, 54% of Russian mobile users would consider switching provider once MNP is implemented. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database shows that the wireless market is currently led by MTS with a 26.8% share of the 267.7 million subscribers at end-June 2013, while MegaFon is in second place with 23.9%, Vimpelcom is third with 21.3% and Tele2 is a long way behind in fourth spot with an 8.7% share.