New mobile number in India will be soon of 13 digits long and if reports are to be believed the plan will be implemented from July 1, 2018.
According to reports, mobile numbers of the existing subscribers will also be transitioned to the new 13 digits protocol.
“It is decided that 13-digit M2M (Machine-to-machine) numbering plan will be implemented from July 1, 2018,” a source was quoted as saying in a news reports.
A directive by Department of Telecom has already been issued to all the states in this regard and
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has reportedly sent a missive to its partners ZTE Telecom and Nokia Solutions Networks directing them to ensure that network elements including IT and other relevant systems are aligned with 13-digit numbering from M2M SIMs before 1st July 2018.
The telecom operator also said that migration of 10-digit M2M numbers to 13 digits will start latest by October 1, 2018 and shall be completed by December 31, 2018.
According to sources, the decision in this regard was taken in a meeting recently held in Delhi. In the meeting the issues was raised that there are no more options left to issue new 10 digit mobiles numbers following which it was decided to switch to 13 digit pattern.
Interestingly, it will make India the country with the longest mobile numbers as China is the only country having 11 digit mobile numbers, not counting the area code.