The delayed project to implement Ukraine’s mobile number portability (MNP) database system is finally underway after one of the companies involved – Teletech of Slovenia, working in partnership with Ukrainian lead contractor SI Center – confirmed that a three-year deployment/maintenance contract for the MNP solution has been awarded. As reported by Slovenian news site Finance.si on 30 December 2016, Teletech’s director Tomi Gacnik told local news agency STA that SI Center/Teletech have received the contract for manufacture, delivery and three years’ maintenance of the portability system.
TeleGeography says that the MNP tender launched by the Ukrainian State Centre of Radio Frequencies (UCRF) in September 2015 was ostensibly won by Ukrainian IT company Dialink in January 2016, but the result was annulled after Kyiv-based IT security solutions specialist SI Center’s appeal against the selection process was upheld by the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU) in March. SI Center won the re-run tender in April, and in July the Kyiv Economic Court of Appeal rejected Dialink’s appeal. On 27 October 2016 the Supreme Economic Court of Kyiv upheld the decision of the lower court, and ordered the UCRF to sign a contract with the SI Center-led consortium for implementing the MNP system. SI Center had estimated the cost of the project at UAH39.6 million (USD1.5 million) including three years’ technical support (which it said was almost UAH32 million less than the cost estimated by Dialink). Consortium partner Teletech says the value of the contract is ‘around EUR1.5 million’ (around USD1.6 million).