Kyrgyzstan lawmakers finalise April 2018 MNP launch; countdown to analogue TV switchoff begins

11 Apr 2017

Kyrgyzstan’s parliament has passed legislation mandating the launch of mobile number portability (MNP) on 1 April 2018, writes Central Asian ICT website Digital.Report. The amendments to the Law on Telecommunications & Postal Services were adopted at their third reading on 30 March 2017. Technical and regulatory delays meant that a previous target of launching MNP in January 2016 was scrapped, whilst operators had lobbied for relaxing the launch timetable due to the necessary capital investments on their part.

Digital.Report also writes that on 15 April Kyrgyzstan will start a one-month countdown to the shutdown of analogue TV (which will free up additional spectrum for mobile broadband services). TV channels will air prime-time warnings for viewers to obtain new digital TV receivers/antennas, with a countdown showing the time left until the proposed cut-off date in May. The digital TV transition programme began in June 2016 and has reached 95% of the population to date, costing an estimated KGS100 million (USD1.46 million).