13-digit numbering plan: DoT issues norms for M2M devices


If you woke up to news reports in the morning that your mobile number having 10 digits will soon comprise 13 digits, and have been panicking, then relax!

In January 2018, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) ordered state-run telecom operator to prepare the necessary infrastructure to support 13 digit mobile numbers before July 1, 2018.

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. However, the same will not have any impact on regular mobile users in India. All mobile numbers will continue to have 10 digits. When asked for clarification from BSNL, the spokesperson denied such revelations and told us that the company is not planning to introduce any such 13 digit numbers for the customers. The officials, from Airtel- India's largest telecom service provider, Reliance Jio and telecom industry body Cellular Operation Association of India (COAI) has confirmed to TOI that there will be no effect on the mobile number and it will remain same 10 digits as they are.

- Mahesh S Koneru (@smkoneru) February 21, 201813 digit mobile numbers from 1st July! The reports further clarified that migration of existing 10-digit M2M numbers to 13 digits will begin in the month of October this year and is expected to end by December 31, 2018.

However, social media circles and massaging groups were abuzz with some "half-true" stories on a recent DoT circular, since Tuesday.

M2M communication is used for controlling several devices such as surveillance cameras, driverless cars, smart electricity meters, etc over the internet. The M2M numbers are used in various sectors like Logistics, Transport, Health, Telecom and more. The deadline to complete the conversion is December 31, 2018.

Machine to machine (M2M) technology refers to direct communication between two machines, communication device and channels.

What is an M2M SIM card?