Armenia’s Public Services Regulatory Commission (PSRC) has announced the launch of mobile number portability (MNP) for subscribers of the country’s three cellular operators. 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.
Separately, the PSRC has revealed that Armenia now has 100% geographic coverage for mobile services. The last 18 areas without a cellular signal were divided among the trio of incumbents and covered earlier this year, the regulator says. According to a report from local news portal Arka which cites PSRC commissioner Samvel Arabjanyan, 68.5% of the territory receives a service from all three networks and a further 23.0% has coverage by two networks, while the remaining 8.5% (mainly villages) is serviced by one operator only.