13-digit mobile numbers to be issued soon: Department of Telecom

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NEW DELHI: The Department of Telecom (DoT) has now issued a directive asking all telecom operators in the country to start issuing 13-digit M2M mobile numbers. The new numbering scheme will be available for M2M (machine-to-machine) to the customers through the telecom operators which will be affected from 1 July 2018.

The Department of Telecom has scheduled a deadline to operators for completion set till 31 December 2018. All telecom service providers (TSP) also have to ensure that their network elements including IT and other relevant systems are aligned with a 13-digit number before the 1 July 2018.

Customers who are currently using a 10-digit number will be ported to a 13-digit number starting from 1 October 2018.

Although, the M2M SIMs differ from the regular SIM cards used in mobile devices. These are special SIMs that are built for the field and are only mostly used in IoT or connected devices that facilitate communication between the two or more device.

M2M numbers are the ones that are used for SIMs in devices like swipe machines, cars, electricity meters etc. Officials from Bharti Airtel–India’s largest telecom service provider, Reliance Jio and telecom industry body Cellular Operators Association of India confirmed that the mobile numbers we have and use remain unaffected by this development.

M2M SIMs are not ideal for mobile devices as they only allow for data communication and are provided by various operators with special data packaged created for that very purpose.
The SIMs communicate over the usual global GSM network.

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