Saturday, 21 July, 2018

Starting July 1, M2M mobile numbers will have 13 digits

Starting July 1, M2M mobile numbers will have 13 digits Starting July 1, M2M mobile numbers will have 13 digits
Nellie Chapman | 22 February, 2018, 05:30

According to reports, mobile numbers of the existing subscribers will also be transitioned to the new 13 digits protocol.

During the meeting, it was decided that 13-digit M2M numbering plan will be implemented from July 1, 2018. The 13-digit numbers are meant only for M2M (machine2machine) SIM cards, or in other words the cards that will be used in automated machines.

The Department of Telecom (DoT) has reportedly issued instructions to all the telecom operators in India, asking them to issue to start issuing 13-digit mobile number to all Machine-to-Machine customers.

The letter by BSNL caused confusion that the new mobile numbers will be rolled out to end users. BSNL said that as of date, simply directives have been issued and that the standard operating procedure for updating the existing 10 digit to 13 digits is still not defined. "BSNL is preparing for machine to machine communications where in 13-digit numbering scheme shall be used to connect billions of machines", a company spokesperson said.

BSNL clarified the same in a tweet: "There is no change in human mobile numbering scheme". The suggestion to make M2M numbering 13 digits came from mobile operators. The company has also informed its vendors that it will need infrastructure that can handle the M2M numbers, starting from July 1, 2018.

Several publications including Financial Express, NewsX, and News18 put out misleading headlines and reports claiming that the governments has planned to replace the 10 digit mobile number plan with that of 13 digit plan. Well, hold your horses because it's just a rumor doing the rounds. "The migration shall be completed by December 31, 2018", the DoT order stated. The M2M numbers are used in various sectors like Logistics, Transport, Health, Telecom and more. M2M number is meant for machines, the ones connected to the internet. M2M or SIM-based IOT devices will be impacted by this.