In the first year since it was ‘soft-launched’ on 1 December 2013, only 827,000 mobile users have taken full advantage of the country’s new mobile number portability (MNP) rules, resulting in criticism that there is no demand for it among consumers.
TeleGeography notes that in December 2012 Russia adopted a new law containing amendments to the Federal Law No. 126-FZ ‘On Communications’ dated 7 July 2003, which permitted MNP but initially only at a regional level, allowing subscribers to retain their mobile phone numbers only if they switched with a company within the same region. As part of the transitional process, operators were given until 7 April 2014 to fully implement the MNP service, after the government allowed them breathing room to sort out any technical hitches. However, in the first twelve months only 1.2 million people filed requests to move, and only 827,000 of those were completed.