Armenia’s telecoms regulator, Public Services Regulatory Commission (PSRC), says that more than 4,000 subscribers took advantage of the country’s new mobile number portability (MNP) regime in the first month following its launch on 1 April 2014. In an interview with Arkan News Agency, PSRC member Samvel Arabajyan confirmed that one company had taken a small lead over its two rivals with about 1,500-1,600 sign-ups. On 7 May CommsUpdate reported that ArmenTel (trading as Beeline) says it received 1,642 applications from people wishing to port their existing mobile number to its network in the month following the advent of the new regime. Under MNP, customers can now retain their own phone number when transferring between operators, with the number porting process to take no more than three days. On 15 June 2013 the government passed an amendment to the Republic’s Law on Telecommunications, allowing for the introduction of MNP from that date. The three incumbent operators – VivaCell MTS, Beeline and Orange Armenia – then cooperated on the creation of a joint company and a common database to handle the MNP system.
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