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13-digit mobile numbers testing starts: Here’s all you need to know
The Department of Telecom has issued 13-digit numbers to telecom operators. But don’t get alarmed, as your mobile number will not have 13 digits. The trial is for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications like smart electric metres and car tracking devices.
Here’s all that you need need to know about this DoT order:
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Mobile numbers are changing for sure, but don’t fret as your number is unaffected
Mobile numbers are changing for sure, but don’t fret as your number is unaffected.
Earlier this year, there were reports that all mobile numbers will have 13 digits. The rumours originated after cerian sections of media misinterpreted a a DoT letter written to telecom
companies on 13-digit numbers. The letter, however, clearly specifies that the 13-digit numbers are only for M2M SIM cards.
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13-digit numbers have been allocated to Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone, BSNL and others
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As per Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, all telecom licence holders should be allowed to provide M2M service using any spectrum.
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DoT has approved allocation of 1 million codes for testing
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It’s only for M2M cards
M2M or machine2machine SIM cards are used in automated machines. M2M SIM cards are widely used in machines that run on network connectivity.
These machines could range from smallest of gadgets to big machinery but they all need Internet or mobile network connectivity for their basic functioning.
These are used for applications in smarthomes, fleet management, traffic control, supply chain, wearbles and more.
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Rumours started from a letter
It all began with a letter sent from DoT to ZTE and Nokia. The letter specified, “It is decided that 13-digit M2M (Machine-to-machine) numbering plan will be implemented from July 1, 2018.
From this date onwards, all new M2M mobile connections will be allocated 13-digit numbers only.”
Despite clearly mentioning that it was for M2M, the word SIM cards and numbers sent alarm bells ringing for common folk.
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Important dates for M2M SIM cards: July 31, 2018; October 1, 2018; December 31, 2018
The DoT has notified telecom companies to issue only 13-digit numbers. The new numbering plan will come into effect from July 31, 2018 — all new connections will be given a 13-digit numbers.
The existing M2M numbers will be migrated to 13-digits from October 1, 2018. The deadline for entire migration has been set to December 31, 2018.
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