13-digit SIM not for mobiles: DoT


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!

A few days ago, the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) had issued a directive to telecom companies to implement the 13 digit numbering scheme.

The Department of Telecom (DoT) has issued a directive instructing all telecom operators in the country to start issuing 13-digit mobile numbers to M2M (machine-to-machine) customers, a news report said on Wednesday.

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Meanwhile, a BSNL spokesperson clarified that the telco is not planning to introduce 13-digit protocol for its customers. The 13 digit number isn't meant for the general public, so they don't have to worry about the transition from 10 digit number to 13 digit number.

With the coming in of this new move, India will become the country with the longest mobile numbers. The company has also informed its vendors that it will need infrastructure that can handle the M2M numbers, starting from July 1, 2018. Social Media is a vast stream and it is 100% true that this change will have no impact.

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Existing mobile numbers have 10 digit numbers. To end this speculation, Machine-to-Machine (M2M) number is meant for machines, the ones connected to the internet.

The rumours started spreading on social media after a letter by Bharat Sanchar Nigam to equipment suppliers ZTE and Nokia written on February 5, went viral. And, by December 31, 2018 all existing 10-digit M2M connections shall be migrated to the 13-digit plan. The M2M numbers are used in various sectors like Logistics, Transport, Health, Telecom and more. This is used to collect data without human intervention and transmit to a central data system which helps in real time analysis and decision making.

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Machine to machine refers to direct communication between devices using any communications channel, including wired and wireless.