MNP to be implemented late March

26 Feb 2008

According to Bulgarian daily newspaper Dnevnik, the country’s three wireless network operators have finally signed a framework agreement which will allow mobile customers to switch network provider and retain their number. The telecoms regulator, the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC), is quoted as saying that the service could become available at the end of March or early April.

Bulgaria was required to implement mobile number portability (MNP) no later than 1 January 2007, but just ten days later the country’s largest provider by subscribers, Austria Telekom-owned MobilTel, refused to implement the service, citing gaps in the incoming legislation as the reason for its refusal, adding that the legislators gave MNP a very brief and ‘fuzzy’ definition and failed to designate oversight to any state body.

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