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Your 10-digit mobile number stays; 13-digit is only for swipe machines

DoT asks telecom companies to start issuing 13-digit digit numbers for SIM based machine-to-machine services, which will co-exist with 10-digit numbers

IANS  |  New Delhi 

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The (DoT) has asked telecom service providers to start issuing 13-digit digit numbers for SIM based (M2M) services, which will co-exist with 10-digit numbers.

The DoT had approved the scheme and a letter on it was sent to various departments on February 9, 2018.

M2M services are those where like point-of-sale machines or even latest refrigerators that communicate through a SIM card. This decision will not have any effect on mobile phone SIMs.

During the meeting, it was decided that 13-digit M2M numbering plan will be implemented from July 1, 2018. From this date onwards, all new M2M mobile connections will be allocated l3-digit numbers only.

The DoT said all service providers must ensure that their network elements including IT and other relevant systems are aligned with 13-digit numbering for M2M SIMs before July 1, 2018.

Migration of existing 10-digit M2M numbers to 13 digits will start latest by October 1, 20I8 and shall be completed by December 31, 2018, it said.

First Published: Wed, February 21 2018. 16:55 IST
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