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Mobile Number Portability Being Pushed in Russia

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has instructed mobile operators to allow customers in Russia to retain their mobile phone numbers after changing their mobile operator, presidential aide Arkady Dvorkovich said on Friday.

The Russian government has been attempting to implement a service called Mobile Number Portability (MNP) for several years. In 2005 the country's Telecoms Ministry worked out rules for retaining mobile phone numbers and affirmed them in 2009.

In 2010 Russia's Interregional Transit Telecom firm offered to become a special mediator to implement the MNP service.

MTS, Vimpelcom and MegaFon, Russia's three largest mobile operators, are against implementing the service, citing cost.

The Federal Antimonopoly Service says implementation of the measure is possible and has been striving to introduce it for over three years, its head Igor Artemyev told Medvedev at an Open Government meeting.



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What is Mobile Number Portability?

Mobile Number Portability, MNP or mobile number porting allows you to transfer your existing mobile phone number from to another mobile phone operator. This saves you having to tell your family, friends and contacts your new number... You can keep your existing mobile phone number. The process is termed mobile number portability (MNP), or mobile number porting. It's quick and very easy to do - use our handy tool above to obtain full instructions.

NOTE: You can order your new phone and contract before you initiate mobile number portability. Just DO NOT cancel your current mobile phone contract until mobile number portability has been initiated (or you will lose your current mobile phone number)

Mobile Number Portability costs 100 ruble.

To keep your mobile phone number when switching to another mobile phone operator, use our handy tool above to obtain your mobile number porting instructions. Just select your current and new phone operators, click OK and you'll receive full instructions for mobile number portability.