Ukraine’s National Commission for the State Regulation of Communications and Informatization (NCCIR or NKRZI) has confirmed that its decision to delay the commercial introduction of mobile number portability (MNP) to 1 July 2014 has been adopted under law, after it was published in the Official Journal of Ukraine No. 99 of 30 December 2013. The NCCIR had issued the decision (No. 826) on 17 December 2013 to amend the existing plan for MNP implementation contained in its previous decision (No. 248) of 25 April 2013, before registering the amendment with the Ministry of Justice on 19 December 2013. The regulator explained that it has moved the starting deadline for MNP in order to resolve technical issues and create the appropriate conditions for the realisation of a high-quality telephone number transfer service backed up by a reliable and efficient processing system, after previously observing that the necessary shared database management system was not yet in place. As reported by CommsUpdate in November, the regulator reported that month that there was no working centralised database (CDB) for phone numbers or the software needed for communication between network operators and the CDB administrator. A new timetable was drawn up at a meeting of the MNP working group, stipulating that the instructions for using the CDB should be approved by 30 January 2014, followed by the signing of the agreement between operators and the CDB administrator by 15 February. As such, the test-mode launch of number porting should follow by 30 May at the latest (with 30 April suggested). The launch of MNP for consumers should take place by 1 July 2014.
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