Digit mobile numbers to be launched in India from July 1, 2018

  • Digit mobile numbers to be launched in India from July 1, 2018

Digit mobile numbers to be launched in India from July 1, 2018

The DoT has also asked the service providers to "ensure that their network elements including IT and other relevant systems are aligned with 13-digit numbering for M2M SIMs before July 1, 2018".

Public telecom operator also said, "Govt. has decided that 13-digit M2M (machine to machine) numbering plan will be implemented from the start of July this year". The process of porting all 10-digit mobile numbers to 13-digit ones will be completed by December 31, 2018.

The 13 digit mobile number porting directive is only meant for M2M mobile numbers and will not affect general mobile users now. China has 11 digit phone number.

If you've been reading reports about your mobile number having 13 digits (from 10 digits currently) from July 1 and have been feeling perplexed, relax!

The Department of Telecom (DoT) has issued a directive instructing all telecom operators in the country to start issuing 13-digit mobile numbers to M2M (machine-to-machine) customers, a news report said on Wednesday. No harm will be provided to the person with the data in the Sim card. An M2M SIM card usually provides the user with the facility of GPRS and comes with either 2G, 3G or 4G internet connectivity.

"In a written letter to TRAI, Ministry of Communication informed that 13-digit numbering scheme has been approved for SIM-based M2M devices". Moreover, with more than 119 crore (1.19 billion) linked to Aadhaar cards, it won't be a good move in that terms as well. M2M refers to wireless data communication between machines. To end this speculation, Machine-to-Machine (M2M) number is meant for machines, the ones connected to the internet.

What are Machine-to-Machine (M2M) mobile numbers?

But the problem with having a 13-digit number is it will hard to remember and can cause more confusion. For the uninitiated, M2M communication is a form of communication where the network devices exchange information and take actions without any manual assistance of humans. "This is for machine to machine.no impact on regular mobile (numbers)", said a person familiar with the DoT directive.